Paris is Selling their Love Locks to Help Refugees

Paris, the City of Love, has long been known for its locks. Latched by lovers onto the famous Ponts des Arts Bridge, the key is thrown into the waters below as a symbolic and romantic gesture.

Unfortunately the love was a little more than the bridge could handle. In 2014, some of the bridge's railings collapsed from the weight, calling for 1 million locks weighing nearly 65 tonnes to be removed the following year. The scrap metal had been sitting in a storage facility ever since, until the city council's first deputy, Bruno Julliard, came up with a brilliant idea: they're going to sell the locks, and they're going to use the proceeds to help with Paris's growing refugee population.

While there aren't yet specifics on organizations and distribution, Julliard told The Guardian that "members of the public can buy five or 10 locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price" and that all proceeds would be going to “those who work in support and in solidarity of the refugees in Paris.” He also said that the campaign (which is slated to begin in 2017) could pull in €100,000 ($107,000 USD), and any unsold locks would be melted down and sold for scrap. One could argue that destroys the beautiful symbol of love, but we're all for it. Spread the love, not the locks.