Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 22, 2022

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Lisa Anselmo and Lisa Taylor Huff, Americans who live in Paris, want to stop “love locks” from being attached to the French capital’s bridges — but they’re not bitter old ladies. Each meant to represent an “unbreakable” love, the estimated 700,000 padlocks on the Pont des Arts, Pont de l'Archevêché and other bridges across the Seine and throughout the 10th arrondissement are putting the structural integrity of the bridges at risk. The pressure placed on them is checked regularly, but Anselmo and Huff’s No Love Locks petition, launched in March, already had 7000 signatures at the beginning of June — 75 percent of them from people within France.

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