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The Monitor's View Paris helps unlock true love

Like other cities, Paris tries to end a craze by devoted couples to put 'love locks' on bridges and other structures. But the city also suggests other public, collective – even nonmaterial – ways to express the eternal bonds of affection.

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Thank you, Paris. This week, the “City of Love” did a big favor for many other cities – and perhaps for love itself. It closed off the famous Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge over the Seine, and removed almost a million locks put on the grillwork by couples as a symbol of their devotion to each other. The 45 tons of metal were damaging the celebrated landmark. Last June, it partially collapsed.