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Paris ‘love locks’ removed from Pont des Arts bridge

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This Is What Five Years Worth Of Paris’ Famous “Love Locks” Looks Like

Paris’s famous bridge closes this week for the removal of brass locks purporting to symbolise the unending love of visiting tourists. A city hall campaign to save the bridges of Paris from the weight of hundreds of thousands of brass locks has not checked the ardour of droves of tourists, who continue to view it as the City of Love.

Officials had warned that their sheer weight had become a problem. The locks were thought to have added some 45 tonnes of extra weight to the bridge, which was shut temporarily in June 2014 after part of a railing collapsed.

Click through to view the images of Paris’ Famous “Love Locks”

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A recently-married couple from Poland, Dominika and Bartek Mieczkowski

A recently-married couple from Poland, Dominika and Bartek Mieczkowski, sit near an iron grill coered with ‘love locks’ on the Pont des Arts in Paris, France

Photograph: John Schults/Reuters

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A couple kiss and take a selfie

A couple kiss and take a selfie next to one of the now-famous panels of padlocks

Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

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A tourist poses in front of the padlocks

A tourist poses in front of the padlocks

Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

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A view of padlocks at Pont des Arts bridge

A view of padlocks at Pont des Arts bridge

Photograph: KP Pictures/Barcroft Media

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One couple’s padlock, from May this year

One couple’s padlock, from May this year

Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

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The Eiffel tower appears through the partly lock-free railing

The Eiffel tower appears through the partly lock-free railing

Photograph: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP

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The iron grills lining certain Parisian bridges

The iron grills lining certain Parisian bridges have, since 2008, been increasingly covered with brass padlocks

Photograph: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP

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Workers remove panels bearing the locks

Workers remove panels bearing the locks

Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

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Barriers are removed by a crane

Barriers are removed by a crane

Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

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A city municipal employee helps clear the dismantled barriers

A city municipal employee helps clear the dismantled barriers

Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

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These bridges aren’t engineered to support the extra weight of so many padlocks. The keys being thrown in the rivers also creates environmental hazard.

Pont des Arts isn’t the only bridge where lovers go to lock their romance in Paris: the city has several other bridges with metallic railings, perfect for locks.

Bruno Julliard, who is in charge of cultural affairs for the city said to AFP, “Paris is the first city in the world to get rid of the locks (…) will keep taking them off one by one on all the other bridges”

 (via The Guardian, Buzzfeed)

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