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Any hope that the love locks clinging to Paris’ famed Pont des Arts bridge would last forever will be unromantically dashed by the city council’s plan to dismantle them Monday — for good, the AP News agency reports.
The padlocks – signed and locked by lovers on the metal grills on the bridge’s sides by lovers — are widely regarded as an eyesore on Paris’ most picturesque bridge, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower.
Last summer, they also became symbol of danger after a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight.
The city council said this week that the several hundred thousand padlocks in places around Paris cause “long-term heritage degradation and a risk for visitors’ security.”
Padlock-proof plexiglass panels will soon replace the Pont des Arts bridge’s metal grills.
See also related story at www.hovedsteder.blogg.no/1383674685_05112013.html
See also our blog post about the Bridge of Love in Helsinki, Finland at our travel blog www.minbestereise.blogg.no/finland.html
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