Today marks the start of the removal of love locks from Le Pont des Arts. Tourists have attached padlocks to the bridge with messages of love since around 2008.
Once considered a charming practice, the sheer number of locks and the weight of these began to pose issues for the bridge. According to the Paris City Council the love locks caused problems such as the “degradation of property heritage and a risk to the safety of visitors, Parisians and tourists”.
Paris is now encouraging selfies on the bridge instead of padlocks, so it’s #lovewithoutlocks from this point on.