A couple locks a padlock on the Pont des Arts on May 29, 2015, in Paris as the Paris municipality announced that the bridge's fences have to be removed due to the weight of the padlocks put by tourists to symbolize everlasting love
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By Charlotte Alter
May 30, 2015

Locks fastened to a Paris bridge to signify eternal love might not be so eternal after all.

Paris authorities have announced that all the “love locks” fastened to the railing of the Pont des Arts bridge will be removed Monday, citing structural risks to the bridge and public safety, the BCC reports. Part of the bridge collapsed under the weight of the locks last year, and city officials have already tried to prohibit couples from adding more locks. “Love locks” have long been popular with tourists in Paris who want to leave behind a romantic token in the City of Love.

Almost a million padlocks weighing 45 tons will be cut off the Pont des Arts bridge. Locks will also be cut off the Pont de l’Archevêché, near Notre Dame. City officials said they want to keep Paris’ reputation as a romantic destination, but will encourage visitors to show their love in other ways.

The 19th century metal grates to which the locks are fastened on the Pont des Arts bridge will be replaced with transparent panels later this year.

[BBC]

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