Paris will auction its love locks to help refugees

The tons of locks removed form Paris's bridges will be auctioned to help refugees. The unique sale will have around 150 pieces composed by the old padlocks.

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  • The auction will take place in the spring
  • The city believes it'll raise close to $107,000

(CNN)It's been more than a year since Paris ended its relationship with love locks.

The popular tradition of attaching padlocks to the city's bridges - as a symbol of true love - ended after the city council deemed it unsafe.
    The idea was charming, but bridges were close to crumbling from the weight.
    But the city didn't want to destroy the souvenirs. So it's come up with an inspiring solution: It'll auction off the locks and the proceeds will help refugees.
    "All funds raised will be sent out to associations dedicated to helping the city's migrants," revealed Bruno Julliard, the city council's first deputy.
    Given the number of locks removed over the years, the Paris city council believes it'll raise close to 100,000 euros ($107,000).
    After all, the popular Ponts des Arts bridge carried more than 700,000 locks at one point.
    At one point, Paris's Pont des Arts bridge was covered in locks