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Campaign calls for Paris ‘love locks’ to be banned

With Paris’s bridges groaning under the weight of an estimated 700,000 padlocks scrawled with lovers’ names, campaigners say it’s time to end the love locks ‘madness’

What do you think: charming sign of love or act of vandalism? Let us know in the comments below …

For some they are a symbol of everlasting love. For others they are a rusting eyesore. But now the “love locks” – padlocks engraved with the names of lovers – that line the rails of Paris’s bridges may have met their match, as a campaign takes off to have them banned.

The No Love Locks campaign, which includes a petition that currently has over 1,700 signatures, was launched in February by two Americans living in Paris who were shocked at the extent of the trend across the city. The idea is that by attaching the locks to a public place and throwing away the key, the love it represents will become unbreakable. However, with an estimated 700,000 padlocks now attached to locations across the French capital, the weight could be putting the structural integrity of the city’s architecture at risk.

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Top 10 beach and coastal campsites in France

Kick off your shoes at these campsites along the coast of France, staying in a tent on the dunes, a posh tipi or a cool cabin right on the beach
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On an expensive stretch of coast, Kon Tiki is one of three resorts run by the Riviera Villages company. Its thatched cabins (which sleep two to six and range from basic to fully equipped) are on Pampelonne beach, where bling-lovers pay over the odds to access the area’s private beach clubs. Huts are linked by sandy paths and shaded by palm trees but you’re not here to chill out: five restaurants have a party vibe, there are lots of watersports and kids activities, and the site has a circus. There are no tent pitches, but this is St Tropez, so it’s the closest you’ll to get to roughing it with the jet set.
+33 4 9455 9696, en.riviera-villages.com. Open 11 April- 10 October. Huts from €60 a night

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