Thousands of tourists flock every year to the scenic Pont des Arts, which connects the two banks of the famous Seine River near the Louvre museum.
The "love locks" craze spread to the Pont des Arts in 2008 after taking off in Germany, Russia, China, and Italy. As a symbol of securing love, the practice involves affixing a padlock inscribed with two lovers' names to the bridge railing, then tossing the key into the Seine.
Recently, however, the practice has become problematic for the City of Light. France 24 notes the locks have spread to other bridges in Paris, and 40 locks were recently removed from the Eiffel Tower.