Quelle Horreur! Paris Removing Nearly 1 Million ‘Love Locks’ from Famous Bridge

30 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Paris authorities have announced that all the “love locks” fastened to the railing of the Pont des Arts bridge will be removed Monday, citing structural risks to the bridge and public safety, the BCC reports. Too much love can be a bad thing: Paris city officials, exasperated with lovers sealing their passion by clipping padlocks all over the city, are set to remove 45 tons of the locks next week.If at some point, in the past few years, you decided to show your undying love for your other half by putting a padlock with your names scribbled on it on a Parisian bridge, we’ve got bad news. Renaud Prudhomme managed to smash the record held at the bar for drinking the most number of shots and left with his friends and daughter (not a good example of an ideal father), but died the following day.

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. Since 2008, it has become a tradition for couples to declare their undying affection by placing their initials on padlocks or bicycle locks before throwing the keys into the river. It has, however, been often portrayed in popular culture, such as Parks & Recreation, which saw main characters Leslie and Ben put their own love lock on the Parisian bridge.

But the suspended four-month jail term was something that has certainly caused waves given the victim already had underlying medical and alcohol dependency issues. The Pont de l’Archeveche bridge in front of the Notre Dame cathedral is now as inundated with locks, while stray locks can often be spotted around the city. According to the council, the locks are causing ‘a lasting degradation of the heritage of Paris and also a risk to the safety of visitors, Parisians and tourists’.

Two young Americans living in Paris started a petition in March last year calling for the locks to be removed because they were ugly and could damage the bridges. It is unclear where the idea of using the lock ritual to symbolize love originated, but the padlocks bearing lovers’ initials have spread from European capitals, to as far as Marrakech or China. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

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