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Pont des Arts footbridge collapses under the weight of love

The iconic Pont des Arts bridge in Paris has suffered sudden damage after a 2.4m section of the metal mesh on the footbridge collapsed on Sunday.

Part of the railing collapsed over the weekend under the weight of the “love locks” attached by visiting tourists, eager to affix a symbol of their undying love to the 30 year-old restored structure, according to reports.

A growing trend has emerged globally for visitors to attach padlocks ton bridges and since 2008 it has become increasing popular for visitors to buy a padlock, attach it to the Parisian bridge before throwing the key into the Seine.

Damaged areas of the metal mesh have been repeatedly replaced by Parisian authorities but with locks weighing an estimated 40t to 93t – as much as 149kg on a single grate – locked to the footbridge walls, concern for the bridge’s safety has grown.

While no one was hurt the bridge had to be evacuated and remained closed until later on Monday.

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