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Paris to sell bridges’ love locks for charity

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A million padlocks have been removed over 18 months
Over the last 18 months, more than 65 tonnes of love locks have been removed from Paris’ bridges. Now they are going to be sold, and could raise €100,000 for charity.
Couples, especially tourists, have been putting padlocks on the bridges as a symbol of their love for many years. But their weight eventually became a safety issue.
As many as one million padlocks have now been removed, amounting to 65 tonnes of metal. Next year they will go on sale to the public. Unsold locks will be melted down and sold as scrap.
“Members of the public can buy five or 10 locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price,” Bruno Julliard, first deputy mayor of Paris, said. “All of the proceeds will be given to those who work in support and in solidarity of the refugees in Paris.”
The Guardian

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