Paris footbridge collapses due to ‘love Locks’
The Pont des Arts footbridge in Paris has become a tourist destination because of the ‘love locks’ phenomenon that has got lovers proving their commitment by leaving locks on the railings and throwing the key in the Seine.
However, it may seem eager lovers have to postpone their planned trip to the footbridge since local police have closed it after part of its railing collapsed due to extra weight that the locks have added to the bridge.
On Sunday, police hurriedly evacuated visitors after 2.4 metres of the railing of the footbridge collapsed. A barrier has since been positioned to prevent access. Security risks posed by the love locks of Pont des Arts has become a headache for local officials.
Police however said that couples need not worry as the bridge would be re-opened.
The love locks phenomenon started in the footbridge around 2008. The whole length of the bridge, 150 metres, is now covered with locks, and its popularity has spawned similar crazes in Germany, Russia, China and Italy. There have also been attempts to replicate the phenomenon in Paris’ most distinguished landmark, the Eiffel Tower, but without success.