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16th October 2019 Issue no. 479
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Section of Paris bridge begins to collapse under weight of thousands of 'love locks' left by tourists
Oh well. It was nice business while it lasted.
Tourists have been evacuated from one of the most iconic bridges in Paris after it began to crumble under the weight of thousands of 'love locks'. A chunk of the Pont des Arts bridge fell away on Sunday night and the police were called to seal off the area.
Le Pont des Arts, the landmark Paris footbridge that links the Louvre museum to the Saint Germain neighborhood, is buckling under the weight of "love locks." The Paris mayor's office closed the bridge to replace a grate after thousands of locks weighed down its structure.
Its railings are crumbling, threatening pedestrians on the bridge and cruise boats that ply under it on the Seine River. The bridge was reopened after it was checked for safety, with two fire-department boats standing by to avert any potential incident.
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