Paris is the most romantic city in the world. All couples who ever been to Paris are leaving the “love locks” on the city’s bridges.
What is for couples a harmless act of passion is for city authorities a potentially dangerous headache. Last year police hurriedly ushered tourists off the Pont des Arts (The Bridge of Art) when a section of the footbridge collapsed under the weight of the locks covering the 155-metre-long bridge.
Plastic panels were put up in places to deter lovebirds and authorities launched a drive to get tourists to upload selfies instead of attaching a lock. But nothing stands in the way of true love, and tourists have kept piling the locks on the bridge and elsewhere, forcing authorities to take drastic measures.
Nearly one million padlocks weighing more than 45 tons were removed from the Pont des Arts in Paris.