A portion of Paris's famous pedestrian bridge collapsed under the weight of too much love over the weekend. The Pont des Arts has been victimized by love clichés since 2008, when couples began pinning padlocks to its railing to symbolize their enduring affection.
But the bridge is starting to say, "Fuck that."
Police evacuated and redirected travelers after the 2.4-meter section fell. Meanwhile, Parisian panties are all wadded up as local scoffs for the lover's ceremony abound.
According to No Love Locks Facebook page and our only Francophone friend, Bing Translator, Stefan Schneider is one of many saying, "UGLY, remove these trash-locks!"
Structural stability of the landmark has become a concern for many, and, being Paris, aesthetic value is a big deal.
When similar love locks recently began plaguing New York's Brooklyn Bridge, the Department of Transportation actively put a stop to it. CBS New York claims the Big Apple removed over 5,600 locks in less than a year.
Angry Parisians hope their new mayor, Anne Hidalgo, will follow suit with her new plans to pick the 700,000 locks. Frenchman Patrice de Franchi seconds the motion. "If someone gets hurt with these shits," says Franchi, "I hope that the responsibility of the mother Hidalgo will be engaged!"