Paris "love locks" phenomenon persists
by FFE EU News staff
Paris is known as the city of romance, and the “love locks” that fill up the Pont des Arts bridge is a testament to that. However, the weight of the locks has been a cause of concern for Mayor Jean-Pierre Lecoq of the 6th arrondissement.
Love locks are a public gesture of commitment. Lovers buy a padlock and inscribe their names on it. Then they secure the padlock on a gap on the grill of the bridge.
The bridge overlooks the Seine, and because of the number of tourist boats that pass under it, fears of falls and injuries have grown over the years.
A technician interviewed by France 3 television said that the collective weight of the padlocks has now reached “many tonnes, without a doubt.” In response, Lecoq called for the locks to be removed every six months.
At the moment, Paris authorities are regularly inspecting the pressure on the bridge, and warped grills are constantly being replaced by agents.
But it seems that the love locks will remain a popular way of expressing love in the city despite calls for removal. After love locks disappeared from the Pont des Arts in May 2010, outraged romantics looked for other alternatives.
Today, the Pont de l’Archevêché, next to Notre Dame cathedral, and the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar Senghor, between the Musée D’Orsay and Jardin des Tuileries, have also become a hotspot for romantics.