It is the end of an era that lasted almost a decade. The love locks are being removed from two Parisian bridges spanning the River Seine: Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archevêché.
Yesterday, workers from the municipality of Paris have started the removal operation of one million padlocks. Weighing about 45 tonnes they posed a problem to the safety of the bridges as their railings threatened to collapse.
Over the years, love locks etched with the couple’s initials have been tied on many Parisian bridges (particularly footbridges) by lovers as a symbolic act of love before tossing the key into the Seine.
This relatively recent tourist tradition will be no more by the end of the week when the locks and the railings will be replaced by temporary painted panels. Later this year they will be replaced by transparent panels.