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Paris Promotes Selfies, Not Padlocks

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Love may lift you higher, but it was making the Parisian bridges collapse closer and closer to the River Seine. In a sweet and classic tradition, couples in Paris would secure a padlock signifying their love onto Paris's Pont des Arts bridge, among others. However, the weight of all that affection turned out to be too much for the bridge, part of which collapsed this summer. The tradition of the locks began just a decade ago, but the burden of love is physically too much for the bridges already, according to Perez Hilton.

Paris's solution? First--let us take a selfie. No, seriously. The city of Paris is trying to convince tourists to take selfies instead of putting padlocks on bridges, each tagged with #lovewithoutlocks, according to the Associated Press. A new website, which begs travelers to "Free Your Love. Save Our Bridges," will feature the selfies.

While selfies certainly don't have the same metaphorical value as a physical padlock, let's take a moment to appreciate the selfie love from one of Europe's classiest cities. Who would have thought that selfies would be a good way to save a bridge (and a Parisian tradition)?

What do you think, collegiettes? Are the sweetheart selfies a good idea, or should Paris find another way to make their lovers happy?


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