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Group Wants End to 'Love Locks' in Paris

Features & Advice | Amy Coyne Bredeson | February 14, 2016

Group Wants End to 'Love Locks' in Paris

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For years, couples visiting the City of Love have attached locks to bridges as a symbolic gesture of their commitment to one another.

But some Parisians argue that the locks are a safety hazard and retract from the beauty, according to Mashable

A group called No Love Locks is working to put an end to the tradition, Mashable said. The group used Valentine’s Day as a way to bring attention to the issue and launched a social media campaign, urging supporters of their cause to post a message every day through Sunday with the hashtag “NoLoveLocksDay.”

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This is the third year the group has run the campaign, and it has gained some traction.

In June 2015, the city of Paris began removing the locks from the Pont des Arts bridge, CNN reported. 

The city has not said they will ban "love locks," but they are considering doing so, one of the founders of No Love Locks Lisa Anselmo told Mashable.

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"We are not finished with our work," Anselmo told Mashable. "Until there is a ban on the practice, Paris will never get a handle on the situation here, which has become a kind of mania with little respect for Parisians or their heritage sites.


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