This morning on my run I was thrilled to see a dozen municipal workers removing padlocks one by one from the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, formerly known as Passerelle Solférino (the pedestrian bridge connecting the Tuileries Gardens to the Musée d'Orsay).
You can see sky through the finished section on the left. They still had the other side of the bridge to liberate...but how to keep idiot vandals from adding more locks all over again? Unlike the Pont des Arts, the architecture of thin metal wires on the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor doesn't allow for the Plexiglas panels that prevent padlocks from being attached.
If you're interested in more news about the destructive "Love Locks" that are ruining the beautiful historical bridges of Paris, check out the No Love Locks website.
I ran across the bridge again this morning and it seems they still haven't finished removing the padlocks, there are two sections still full of them, and the illegal vendors are back selling them to the tourists. I'm always tempted to grab their padlocks and make a run for it, but somethng tells me they can probably run as fast as me (especially without the weight of the locks slowing them down). ;-)