Paris' famed "love locks" – padlocks attached to bridge rails by people in love, the keys thrown away to symbolize their enduring bond – are set to become a charitable commodity of sorts.
Officials in the city have announced they will sell tons of the locks and use the proceeds from the sales to help fund refugee groups, according to The Local.
The city will be able to draw on a vast store of merchandise for the effort, thanks to its removal in 2015 of more than 70 tons worth of locks from Paris bridges.
Though details of the process, expected to commence sometime in 2017, remain scant, the central idea is that citizens will be able to buy the locks in small groups or in bulk. The city hopes to raise about €100,000 (US$107,619) from the sale. Any locks that go unsold will be melted down and sold for scrap.
"All of the proceeds will be given to to those who work in support and in solidarity of the refugees in Paris," Paris City Hall Environment Chief Bruno Julliard told The Local.
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Paris isn't the only city that's experienced the love locks tradition. The practice, which often includes inscriptions written on the locks themselves, has spread to cities worldwide, including New York, Toronto and Vancouver, among many others.