Eternal love dashed: Paris lovers' locks to be dismantled

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Crackdown on Love Locks in Paris


PARIS (AP) — 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 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.

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FILE - This April 9, 2014 file photo shows love locks fixed on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, France. Any hope that the love locks that cling to Paris’ famed Pont des Arts bridge would last forever _ will be unromantically dashed by the city council who plan to dismantle them Monday _ for good. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
Tourists walk on the Pont des Arts with its railings covered by lovelocks on September 23, 2014 in Paris. Paris officials have put up long panels on the city's iconic Pont des Arts in the latest attempt to stop lovers sealing their passion with padlocks attached to the bridge. Just over the busy summer period, romantic tourists to the world's most visited city attached more than 700,000 love lock on several Paris bridges, said City Hall authorities. 'On the Pont des Arts alone, 15 grills have had to be removed for safety reasons. Each of these panels were carrying nearly 500 kilogrammes, more than four times the maximum weight,' city hall said. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman a locks a padlock on the 'Pont Notre Dame' on May 29, 2015 in Paris as the Paris municipalty announced that the bridge's fences have to be removed due to the weight of the padlocks put by tourists to ensure everlasting love. AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple enjoys the view of the river Seine from the Solferino bridge decorated with locks in central Paris on February 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 14, 2014 shows love padlocks attached on the railings of the Pont des Arts in Paris. Started by tourists in Paris in 2008, the love locks ritual, which also spread in the early 2000s to cities including New York, Seoul and London, has resulted in the transformation of several bridges : every inch of their railings is now covered with clunky brass padlocks. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN . (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple locks a padlock on the 'Pont des Arts' on May 29, 2015 in Paris as the Paris municipalty announced that the bridge's fences have to be removed due to the weight of the padlocks put by tourists to ensure everlasting love. AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows padlocks on the Pont des Arts bridge on May 16, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman takes photos of a padlock on the 'Pont des Arts' on May 29, 2015 in Paris as the Paris municipalty announced that the bridge's fences have to be removed due to the weight of the padlocks put by tourists to ensure everlasting love. AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
A rose is displayed among padlocks near Notre Dame cathedral, on April 29, 2014, in Paris. AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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