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Paris bridge railing buckles under weight of 'love-locks'

A bridge in Paris was evacuated yesterday after a part of the railing collapsed under the weight of thousands of 'love-locks'.

Since 2008, lovers have been securing padlocks to the Pont des Arts bridge and throwing the keys into the Seine River to declare their love for one another.

A 'love-lock' pictured on the Pont des Arts bridge, Paris. Credit: Wyters Alban/ABACA/PA

No injures were reported, but a debate as to whether thousands of padlocks that cover the length of the bridge should be removed, has again been raised in an online petition.