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Paris wants all of you lovers to stop putting locks on its bridges

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Pont de l'Archevêché shows the padlocks that people have attached.

The world’s most romantic city has said ‘ca suffit’ to foreginers putting padlocks on Parisian bridges.

The tradition, which started with just a couple of bridges across the Seine (the Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché in particular), has recently spread to almost all of the city's bridges. According to legend, if lovers attach a padlock with their names attached to the bridge and throw away the key, their love will be unbreakable. Unfortunately, the bridges aren't unbreakable and it's gotten to the point where the weight is so much there's genuine concern about the structural integrity of the bridges.

So a pair of American ex-pats living in Paris are launching a campaign to get people to stop. "It's a kind of mania. It's not about romance any more – it's just about saying 'I did it,'" one of the women said. The Guardian has more.

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