Breaking hearts and chains : Paris removes ‘love locks’

Breaking hearts and chains : Paris removes ‘love locks’

Breaking hearts and chains : Paris removes ‘love locks’

Written by Staff Writer

02 Jun, 2015 | 4:23 pm

Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, began the heart-breaking process Monday of removing hundreds of thousands of “love-locks”, padlocks chained to the city’s bridges by adoring couples.

Paris city officials have started to remove padlocks symbolically fastened to one of the French capital’s main bridges by loved-up couples.

Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath has become a tourist tradition in recent years.

The city says the locks, usually hung by couples to express eternal love, are causing long-term damage to Paris heritage sites. Part of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight last year.

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