Up to 1 million locks – together thought to weigh up to 45 tonnes – were taken off the Pont des Arts on Monday.
For years, couples have been leaving padlocks on the Pont des Arts in Paris as a lasting token of their love for one another.
Dominika and Bartek Mieczkowski, a married couple from Poland, on the Pont des Arts on 31 May.
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But by this year there were so many locks on the bridge – between 700,000 and 1 million – that officials warned that their sheer weight had become a problem.
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The locks were thought to have added some 45 tonnes of extra weight to the bridge, which was shut temporarily in June 2014 after part of a railing collapsed.