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A 7-year-love story ends this Monday, June 1, 2015 as the city of Paris has started the (sad, for some) process of removing the 45 tones of padlocks (or love locks) hanging on the bridge since 2008.

A bridge that had become a mandatory stop for all lovers in Paris

In 7 years, millions of lovers, visitors and Parisians, left a lock on the famous bridge as a symbol of their eternal love for each other in the City of… Love. A bridge that had become a mandatory stop for all lovers in Paris.

But the City has had enough of it, mainly for safety reasons as the grills have been showing signs of weakness for the past few months and are close to falling down under the heavy load of the hundreds of thousands of locks (a few of them already collapsed last Fall and were removed). Also for obvious esthetic reasons.

Pont des Arts, Paris, France, by the tourist in paris

The grills will be replaced by Plexiglas glass panels by the end of Fall 2015 so can visitors enjoy a clear view of Paris again. Be advised, the bridge will be closed for a week in June (June 1-June 8).

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