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Eternal love dashed: Paris lovers' locks to be dismantled

Posted May 30, 2015

PARIS - Any hope that the love locks clinging to Paris' famed Pont des Arts bridge would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council's plan to dismantle them Monday - for good.
The padlocks - signed and locked by lovers on the metal grills on the bridge's sides by lovers - are widely regarded as an eyesore on Paris' most picturesque bridge, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower.
Last summer, they also became symbol of danger after a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight.
The city council said this week that the several hundred thousand padlocks in places around Paris cause "long-term heritage degradation and a risk for visitors' security."
Padlock-proof plexiglass panels will soon replace the Pont des Arts bridge's metal grills.


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  • Anthony Snark May 31, 2015
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    Kind of sad. It was a wild sight. It is a long bridge.

  • Mark Farmer May 31, 2015
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    that's a good idea

  • Aanritsen Deur May 30, 2015
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    Sad, but sounds necessary for safety.
    Too bad the sections of the bridge these are on can't be dismantled and strewn individually in parks, etc. around Paris. They're a part of the city's heritage now too.