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Parisians are looking to turn the 'love locks' trend into a money-maker to help refugees

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Parisians are looking to turn the 'love locks' trend into a money-maker to help refugees

WATCH  | Many Parisians are over the whole "love locks" trend, where couples attach small padlocks to the sides of the city's bridges as a symbol of their enduring love for one another. City officials have come up with a way to turn those countless annoying padlocks into something positive.

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Paris officials plan to sell to the public more than one million locks they began removing from bridges 18 months ago, Quartz reports

BTW, that's 11 tons of padlocks.

Members of the public can buy five or 10 locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price.
Bruno Julliard

Bruno Julliard, the environment chief for the city, said it's an opportunity for people to keep a "piece of modern Paris history with them."

City officials plan to start selling the locks next year. Unsold locks will be melted down. 


The best part? 

Paris hopes to raise more than $107,000 from the lock sales to help refugees living in the city. Many European nations are dealing with a huge influx of people fleeing violence in the Mideast and poverty. 

Even backers of the "No Love Locks" campaign -- which complained years that the locks damage bridges and degrade once-beautiful views --  got behind the idea.

"Now that's a real expression of love." 

Lisa Anselmo, an American expatriate who started the "No Love Locks" campaign, told The Local: "This is the true meaning of love in action. We hope other cities around the world will follow."

Travel and Leisure reports that Paris has been doing more to help refugees in the past few months. A refugee camp for at least 600 people opened in northern Paris in October.

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