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Lovers' locks to be dismantled

Any hope that the love locks clinging to Paris' famed Pont des Arts bridge would last for ever will be unromantically dashed by the city council's plan to dismantle them on Monday.

The padlocks, signed and locked by lovers on the metal grilles on the bridge's sides by lovers, are regarded as an eyesore on Paris' most picturesque bridge. Last year, they became a symbol of danger after a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight.

Padlock-proof plexiglass panels will soon replace the grilles.