Pont des Arts, Paris: The end of a 'padlock' love story

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A Paris city employee uses a grinder to cut locks from a street lamp on the famed Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. City authorities are taking down thousands of padlocks affixed to the famed bridge. The city council says the locks, usually hung by couples to express eternal love, cause long-term damage to Paris heritage and sometimes pose a security risk. Last summer a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight. (AP Photo)

A Paris city employee uses a grinder to cut locks from a street lamp on the famed Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. City authorities are taking down thousands of padlocks affixed to the famed bridge. The city council says the locks, usually hung by couples to express eternal love, cause long-term damage to Paris heritage and sometimes pose a security risk. Last summer a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight. (AP Photo)

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A worker removes 'love padlocks' attached on the railings of the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. Authorities are looking to recycle the metal used for the padlocks for humanitarian projects 'so that the symbol of love which these couples have invested in them will not be lost entirely'. (AFP Photo)

A worker removes 'love padlocks' attached on the railings of the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. Authorities are looking to recycle the metal used for the padlocks for humanitarian projects 'so that the symbol of love which these couples have invested in them will not be lost entirely'. (AFP Photo)

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People take photographs as workers remove panels bearing 'love padlocks' attached on the railings of the Pont des Arts bridge 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)

People take photographs as workers remove panels bearing 'love padlocks' attached on the railings of the Pont des Arts bridge 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)

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A Paris city employee removes a railing loaded with locks on the famed Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. (AP Photo)

A Paris city employee removes a railing loaded with locks on the famed Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. (AP Photo)

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A file photo shows a newly wed couple resting on the Pont des Arts in Paris, France. The pedestrian bridge has become a shrine for amorous tourists and Parisians alike, who seek to immortalise their love by leaving an initialled padlock attached to its metallic grid railings. (AP Photo)

A file photo shows a newly wed couple resting on the Pont des Arts in Paris, France. The pedestrian bridge has become a shrine for amorous tourists and Parisians alike, who seek to immortalise their love by leaving an initialled padlock attached to its metallic grid railings. (AP Photo)

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The Eiffel tower appears through the partly lock-free railing of the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. (AP Photo)

The Eiffel tower appears through the partly lock-free railing of the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. (AP Photo)

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