PARIS: Local administration of Paris requested the people to avoid use ‘love locks’ and replace it with the selfies, PakistanTribe.com reported.Using Love-Locks is a tradition in Paris where love-birds usually doing this to show their concern about their partners.
Reports confirm the announcement said that note to romance-struck couples strolling in Paris, the eternal city of love: please consider immortalising your passion with a “selfie” rather than lashing a padlock to a city bridge.
City hall authorities desperately trying to save its bridges, including the world-famous Pont des Arts, from damage from the thousands of padlocks left there by lovers to pledge their eternal devotion.
Since 2008, when the craze first began, thousands of couples from across the world have visited the Pont des Arts every year and sealed their love by attaching a lock carrying their names to its railing and throwing the key in the Seine.
“The idea is to give couples the alternative of a selfie instead of a love lock and explain that they are weighing too heavily on Parisian bridges,” a city hall official told the media.
From Wednesday, red heart-shaped notices in English, Spanish and French will be put up on bridges encouraging lovers to take a selfie and upload them to a special site (lovewithoutlocks.paris.fr) or to tweet them with the hashtag #lovewithoutlocks.
– ‘No more love locks’ –
“Our bridges can no longer withstand your gestures of love, no more love locks,” the notices will read.
“It’s the first step in a wider action plan … an initial communication effort to tell people that love locks are not good for Paris’s cultural heritage and that actually, it’s not an ideal way to symbolise love,” the official added.