Pont des Arts Damaged by ‘Love Locks’

The famed Pont des Arts in Paris cannot handle so much amour. The bridge is a special spot for couples to attach “love locks” and toss the key into the river Seine as a symbol of devotion and unending romance. But the Pont des Arts had to be evacuated this weekend because part of its railing collapsed under the weight of so much hardware. Around 2.4 meters of railing broke, rendering the bridge unsafe. Even prior to this damage, some Parisians (who clearly do not realize they live in the most romantic city in the world) have complained that the locks are an eyesore. Mayor Anne Hidalgo organized a petition to have them removed, claiming they are “like a plague on our city’s historic bridges and sites.” Really, where is the love?