Love locks cause fencing to tumble on Paris bridge

Love locks cause fencing to tumble on Paris bridge

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY BONIFACE MURUTAMPUNZI A couple kisses in front of the steel bar of the Pont des Arts on August 30, 2013 in Paris. Due to security reason authorities consider removing the "Love locks" that have been attached to the Pont des Arts bridge since 2008 by thousand of lovers.AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 9, 2014 at 12:20 PM

PARIS (AP) - The thousands of locks that cling like barnacles to the Pont des Arts in Paris have become a symbol of danger, rather than love, after a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight.

The fencing tumbled late Sunday on the pedestrian bridge, which crosses the Seine. Thousands of couples have latched padlocks to the bridge and thrown their keys into the river as symbols of lasting love, resulting in what some decry as an eyesore.

Deputy mayor Bruno Julliard says the city was already soliciting suggestions from artists on what to do to the locks when the fencing collapsed. Officials are hoping to persuade visiting lovers to show their undying affection in less disruptive ways.

Julliard told BFM television on Monday possible alternatives included ribbons and a dedicated sculpture.

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