Skip to main content

See also:

Love Locks cause part of famous Paris bridge, Pont des Arts, to collapse

Love Locks appear to have brought too much weight to the Paris bridge.
Love Locks appear to have brought too much weight to the Paris bridge.
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Those that are smitten with love and dream of happy endings may need to be a little more careful in the future. Gawker.com reported on June 9, 2014, that the "Love Locks" attached to the Pont des Arts footbridge in Paris have grown a little too heavy, and they actually cause a small section of the bridge to collapse over the weekend.

On Sunday evening, the police had to evacuate the bridge and then close it immediately after a 2.4-meter section of the railing collapsed and fell due to the weight of the "Love Locks."

As soon as police got the bridge cleared, local officials and an architect hurried to the Pont des Arts bridge and put a barrier up to make sure no-one went near it or got hurt. Officials and police said they expected the bridge to be reopened by Monday.

The padlocks began appearing around 2008 and they are left by people seeking to symbolize their enduring love to one another. Couples will generally write their names on the padlock, attach it to the bridge, and then toss the key into the river.

While no-one was hurt by the "Love Locks" collapse, it may end up causing a change to the way people profess their love to one another.

Bruno Juillard, the city's elected head of cultural affairs, tweeted that this incident "confirms that our desire to find an alternative to these locks is a real necessity."

While that may cause anger in many residents and visitors, the city of Paris is making sure to put the safety of everyone ahead of the "Love Locks."