This Romantic Gesture In Paris Has Lasted Years, But The City Is Destroying It

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Lovers from all around a universe transport to Paris and accommodate on a Pont des Arts to serve concrete their adore with these famous locks.

Lovers from all around a universe transport to Paris and accommodate on a Pont des Arts to serve concrete their adore with these famous locks.

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Paris is filled with story and romance. The city’s buildings and structures have stood a exam of time and troops conflict, and a French city has also been famous as a place of intrigue for centuries.

One structure has utterly literally bridged these dual aspects of Paris together. The Pont des Arts, a overpass over a Seine river, has prolonged been a assembly place for lovers, as good as a home of a apparent tradition. Unfortunately, it appears that this tradition has met a end.


The locks, mystic of clever bonds, are traditionally merged to a sides of a bridge.

The locks, mystic of clever bonds, are traditionally merged to a sides of a bridge.

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Since 2008, couples have placed their thatch on a side of a overpass and tossed a keys into a stream below.

Since 2008, couples have placed their thatch on a side of a overpass and tossed a keys into a stream below.

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However, since of a weight of a locks, tools of a overpass have indeed collapsed into a stream below, presenting an apparent reserve hazard.

However, since of a weight of a locks, tools of a overpass have indeed collapsed into a stream below, presenting an apparent reserve hazard.

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Many thatch are cut off after their further to a bridge, nonetheless thousands remain.


Locals also find a mass of steel unsightly.

Locals also find a mass of steel unsightly.

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Mayor Anne Hidalgo and other internal officials have attempted to convince tourists to take selfies on a overpass instead of adding their locks.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo and other internal officials have attempted to convince tourists to take selfies on a overpass instead of adding their locks.

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All remaining thatch on a overpass were private this week, and a city continues to debate for an choice to a adore thatch on a Pont des Arts. Over one million locks, weighing in during an strange 45 tons, have been private from a overpass to date. The city has also experimented with new materials on a overpass that forestall any thatch from being bending into placed, while also repair a repairs they’ve already caused.


This is what a Pont des Arts looks like now.

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(via The Guardian, Buzzfeed)

Hopefully a city will come adult with a viable choice to a thatch that both tourists and adults can determine on. Until then, a lovers’ thatch will be expel divided forever.