Paris to fund refugee projects, selling lovers’ locks!

One million lovers’ locks removed from Paris’s bridges in the past 18 months will be sold to raise around €100,000 for refugee projects.

Love Locks, Pont de l'Archevêché
Love Locks, Pont de l’Archevêché ©JD at Flickr

After the French capital decided to cut down the trend of lovers attaching padlocks to the city’s bridges as a symbol of their love, Paris has been left with 65 tonnes of scrap metal.

In a report by The Guardian, Bruno Julliard, the first deputy mayor of Paris, 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.”

The deputy mayor hopes the sale, which is to take place next year will raise up to €100,000 (£843,780), with the remaining locks melted down to be sold as scrap.

A strong statement from Paris in hopes to spread some more love with the lover’s locks. Let’s hope other cities follow suit.

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