Should Tourists In Paris Be Allowed To Leave Love Locks On Bridges?
Since fencing on the Pont des Arts in Paris fell under the weight of thousands of padlocks on Sunday, the debate over the practice of tourists adding such “love locks” to romantic bridges is heating up. City officials in New York City and Rome, among others, have resorted to cutting and removing locks. But Paris has hesitated to ban the practice. Padlocks began to appear in abundance on the Pont des Arts in 2008, and now cover several of the bridges crossing the Seine. Paris officials are already working on alternatives to the padlocks. After the fence collapse on Sunday, the first deputy to the mayor of Paris, Bruno Julliard, said the city has been asking artists for suggestions that both convey love and are less disruptive than metal locks.
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