Paris' love locks is said to have been destroying the city's bridges. Known for being a symbol of many couples' love, the love locks has existed for many years now. These love locks are now being taken down from the bridges. It was said that these love locks will be auctioned to support refugees in the city.
Many people including tourists were sad once the city's authorities decided to take down the love locks. It has already been a part of the city's history and one of its main attractions that many other countries copy.
Removal operations of locks place on different bridges such as the Pont des Arts have been remove since June last year. According to reports by Travel and Leisure and The Guardian, removed locks will then be auctioned to the public and the generated sales will be used to support the refugees in Paris. The forecasted sales of the love locks will be about $107,250. The day of the auction has not yet been revealed by the city officials but the auction is reported to take place in the Crédit Municipal de Paris. Furthermore, those love locks which will not be bought in the auction will be melted and still be sold.
As explained by Bruno Julliard, Paris' first deputy mayor, "Members of the public can buy five or 10 locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price." According to Julliard, "All of the proceeds will be given to those who work in support and in solidarity of t refugees in Paris." As the city plans on improving the refugee program by more and more camps to cater the many refugees, the funds taken from the love locks will indeed be of great help. As expressed by Lis Anselmo, from No Love Locks campaign, regarding this matter, "an expression of the true meaning of love in action, and hopes other cities around the world will follow the lead of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo."
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