Pont Des Artes Love Locks Removed After Parisians Fall Out of Love With Eyesore

As metaphors go in the city of love, the sight of 45 tons of “love locks” piled high on the back of a flatbed truck takes some beating – but Parisians had fallen out of love with the symbols of eternal affection that had weighed down the bridge over the Seine in the centre of the French capital.
On Monday morning municipal workers removed section after section of padlocks from the Pont des Artes, a victory for residents who called the mass of metal a rusting eyesore. The city council had said the many thousands of padlocks, engraved with the initials of lovers, were causing “long-term heritage degradation and a risk for visitors’ security”.