Paris’ love locks

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On Paris, two metal grills along the walkway of the Pont des Arts bridge collapsed under the weight of “love locks” on June 8, causing the bridge to be closed for a day while the grills were removed and replaced with nonpermanent wooden panels.

In a tradition that started only five years ago, lovers place a padlock on the bridge with their initials and throw the key into the Seine. An estimated 700,000 locks have been placed on the bridge. Officials have not determined whether the practice may continue or not.

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On Paris, two metal grills along the walkway of the Pont des Arts bridge collapsed under the weight of “love locks” on June 8, causing the bridge to be closed for a day while the grills were removed and replaced with nonpermanent wooden panels.

In a tradition that started only five years ago, lovers place a padlock on the bridge with their initials and throw the key into the Seine. An estimated 700,000 locks have been placed on the bridge. Officials have not determined whether the practice may continue or not.