The Love Locks of Paris, France

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Couples, and those who still believe in the concept of ‘forever,’ suddenly found themselves losing a symbol of their love and oneness after French authorities removed their ‘love locks’ from the rails of the famous Pont Des Arts Bridge.

The bridge is very popular among tourists, especially lovers who profess their devotion to each other through a padlock that they attach to rails of the bridge, supposedly sealing their union forever, as they throw the pad lock’s keys at the Seine River. Visit our Singapore Location

In its website, CNN reported that the padlocks were taken down for public safety reasons. “It was considered charming at first, but the thrill wore off as sections of fencing on the Pont des Arts crumbled under the locks’ weight. The bridge carries more than 700,000 locks with an estimated combined weight roughly the same as 20 elephants. The phenomenon spread to other bridges, creating two major concerns for the city: “degradation of property heritage and a risk to the safety of visitors, Parisians and tourists,” the Paris City Council said on its website.”

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The New York Times also covered the removal of the love locks in the so-called City of Love. “The city will temporarily replace the bridge’s lock-laden grills this week with panels painted by street artists, and it will later replace those with custom-made plexiglass to protect the historic iron grillwork. The plexiglass will allow pedestrians to once again see the Seine through the grillwork. The locks had obscured the view.”

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In its website, Huffingtonpost reported that a portion of the railing of the bridge has collapsed last year. But police were forced to hurriedly usher visitors off the footbridge in central Paris early Sunday evening after 2.4 metres (yards) of railing collapsed under the weight of the collected tokens of affection. “The bridge was immediately evacuated and closed,” local police told AFP.

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Paris is not the only city that has bridges with ‘love locks’. This practice actually started in Italy, Germany, and China.

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