Paris: Sometimes too much love can be a bad thing - as Paris discovered when thousands of "locks of love" attached to a footbridge caused part of a railing to collapse.
Thousands of lovers from across the world visit the Pont des Arts every year and seal their love by attaching a padlock carrying their names to its railing and throwing the key in the Seine.
But police were forced to hurriedly usher visitors off the footbridge in central Paris early on Sunday evening after 2.4 metres of railing collapsed under the weight of the collected love tokens.
Part of the famous footbridge's railing has collapsed under the weight of the collected love tokens. Photo: Getty Images
"The bridge was immediately evacuated and closed," local police said.
An architect and local officials rushed to the site and a barrier was put up to stop further access.
The Pont des Arts crosses the Seine just in front of the Louvre museum and is known the world over for its "locks of love". It recently featured in an episode of the SBS cookery show Luke Nguyen's France.
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