There are many standout monuments in Paris that we adore, but one that always catches our eye is the love locks on the city's bridges. Not only is it pretty romantic, it's also steeped in history. However, now Paris is planning to sell them off but don't worry, it's for an impressive reason.
After removing a million padlocks eighteen months ago, local authorities have announced that they will now sell some of them to raise money for local refugee charities and groups. According to The Guardian, the sale could make up to €100,000, or over Dhs380,000.
First Deputy Mayor of Paris Bruno Julliard said: "Members of the public can buy five or 10 locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price. All of the proceeds will be given to those who work in support and in solidarity of the refugees in Paris."
While many were distraught at the idea that such an iconic and historical artefact of the city will be taken away, those in opposition are now applauding this move. Lisa Anselmo, who launched the No Love Locks campaign to save the padlocks in 2014, told The Guardian that she supports this "interesting twist".
"Paris has made a strong statement in this one act. I hope other cities around the world will follow its lead."
This is definitely a change for good.
Via Harper's Bazaar AU