Paris ‘love locks’ removed from bridges

Paris ‘love locks’ removed from bridges

PARIS — The padlocks that weigh heavily on the sides of the Pont des Arts tell stories dear to the lovers who affixed them to the celebrated bridge’s iron grillwork.

And just as many romances melt away, now many of the locks will most likely suffer the same fate as the Paris city fathers try to preserve the bridge.

City workers, using a crane and wheeled dollies, began to dismantle the wire mesh panels on which hundreds of thousands of lovers expressed their affections in what they thought would be an ironclad statement: a metal lock, usually etched with the couple’s initials, attached to the bridge, and the key tossed into the Seine below.

Bruno Julliard, the deputy mayor in charge of culture, who supervised the removal of the locks, tried to be sensitive to the feelings of those who had placed them there, saying that Paris was still “the capital of love, the capital of romance.” But he urged people to find other ways to express their fervency.

City officials have for months discussed removing the locks and protecting the bridge, first built in the early 1800s and reconstructed in the 1980s. Worries about seeming insensitive or oblivious to the popularity of such a lasting declaration of affection were one factor officials considered when they tried to figure out how best to restore the landmark bridge.

  

Related Post

My children slipped through my hands: Father of drowned Syrian boy
views 72
Istanbul: The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach, an image that shocked the world, said Thursday his ch...
France to ban ultra-thin models
views 67
French lawmakers on Friday voted to ban ultra-thin models, despite howls of protest from modelling agencies in the world's fashion capital.The Nationa...
Virgin Galactic set to unveil its new passenger rocket
views 64
Space tourism looks set to blast off again as Virgin Galactic looks set to announce a new rocket. Sir Richard Branson's new Virgin Galactic SpaceShipT...
Arnold Schwarzenegger being sued for prisoner’s death
views 61
Former California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is being sued for causing the death of a man in jail. Sixty-eight-year-old Schwarzenegger i...
Inside Bill Gates’s $123 million Hi-Tech mansion: PICTURES
views 1.2k
With a net worth of $81.5 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the richest man in America. It shouldn't be too surprising that one of the wealt...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK