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Those traveling to Paris with hopes of sealing their love at the Pont des Arts bridge may not get the opportunity to make their dreams come true. Over the weekend 2.4 meters of railing collapsed due to the overwhelming weight of the impressive collection of heavy love tokens.
For those unfamiliar with the Pont des Arts, the famous bridge crosses the French capital’s river Seine near the Louvre museum. Ponte de Arts is known across the world as the “Locks of Love” bridge. While tourists love to place locks on the bridge as a symbol of ever lasting love, local government and citizens call it an “eyesore” and claim that the locks cause damage to the bridges. The damage that occurred over the weekend may just be enough to ban the act moving forward.
Locks started to appear on the bridge in 2008, but the act of “love locking” is widespread, with locks appearing in Germany, Russia, China, and Italy. The custom has spread to other bridges within the Capital of France. Forty locks were removed from the Eiffel Tower in recent months.
What do you think about the “love locking” custom? Are you for or against the act on public property? Let us know in the comment section below.
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