Bridges seem pretty sturdy, right? Considering they’re built to take the weight of lots of humans at once, you’d imagine they’d be able to withstand a few love tokens dropped off by romantic tourists.
Unless, of course, they’re lumbered with 45 tonnes of them.
Such is the unfortunate fate of the Pont des Arts, a Parisian pedestrian bridge linking the Louvre to the south bank of the river. It’s become tradition for loved up visitors to the French capital to mark their initials on a padlock, then hook it onto the bridge’s railings. This has proved so popular that the bridge is now subject to structural weakening, and in the case of one section of railing, collapse.
The Parisian authorities have tried to dissuade tourists, and the padlock sellers swarming the bridge, with a “selfies, not padlocks” campaign. But this, unsurprisingly, doesn’t seem to have caught on.