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Officials in France are working to dissuade tourists from attaching locks as a sign of true love to their historic bridges in fear of risking the structures' safety. (Aug. 13)

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Paris, France - August 13, 2014

1. Wide pan of Pont de l'Archeveche bridge overlooking river Seine, covered in locks

2. Wide of bridge

3. Mid of bridge with locks on it, with sign that reads "Make Love not Locks"

4. Close detail of locks with names on them

5. Mid of couple posing for picture

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Markovitz, Melbourne resident (Transcript Below)

7. Close detail of locks

8. Mid of bridge covered in locks

9. Mid of two workers placing stickers on ground telling tourists not to place locks on bridge

10. Mid of sticker

11. SOUNDBITE (French) Vanessa Panetto, City Hall Representative (Transcript Below)

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Moscow, Russia - August 13, 2014

12. Close of lock tree in Moscow

13. Mid of lock tree on bridge with married couple in background

14. Mid of couple holding paper heart

15. Wide of workers repairing bridge

16. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Lyubov Mukhina (Transcript Below)

17. Close pan down of locks on tree

18. Mid of visitors at bridge

19. Mid of visitors looking at tree

20. Close zoom in on lock tree

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

LOVE CAN WEIGH HEAVY ON COUPLE'S HEARTS....BUT EVEN HEAVIER ON AGING PARISIAN BRIDGES.

KNOWN TO TRAVELERS AS THE CITY OF LOVE, TOURISTS AND ROMANTICS ALIKE FLOCK TO FRANCE'S PICTURESQUE BRIDGES OVERLOOKING THE RIVER SEINE TO SHOW THEIR ENDURING ADORATION WITH A LOCK AND KEY.

Soundbite (English) Nikki Markovitz, Melbourne resident:

"In Melbourne they have just started doing this also so it's apparently now becoming, obviously it's so popular in Paris they want to do the same thing. I think they want Melbourne to be the city of love as well."

BUT OFFICIALS IN PARIS ARE URGING LOVE BIRDS TO KEEP THEIR LOCKS OFF THE HISTORIC BRIDGES.

SIGNS AND A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR LOVE ONLINE.. RATHER THAN ON THE BRIDGE.

SOUNDBITE (French) Vanessa Panetto, City Hall Representative:

"We are asking Parisians, citizens and tourists alike, to be civic-minded, and make them understand that the locks have become dangerous for cities."

CITY HALL REPRESENTATIVES SAY THE SURGE OF LOCKS HAVE DAMAGED BRIDGES--EVEN PULLING DOWN HANDRAILS.

THE TRADITION OF LOVERS' LOCKS IS NOTHING NEW, DATING BACK A DECADE. BUT IT'S NOW SPREADING ACROSS EUROPE.

IN MOSCOW, LOCKS ARE BEING PLACED ON ARTIFICIAL TREES RATHER THAN THE FAMED "BRIDGE OF LOVE" TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY OF THE STRUCTURE.

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Lyubov Mukhina:

"This is really a very good tradition to have a love lock. People can come in ten or twenty years and find their love lock

RUSSIANS SAY THAT IT'S A GOOD TRADITION TO HAVE THE LOCKS AND COME BACK IN TEN OR TWENTY YEARS TO FIND THEIR SYMBOL OF LOVE.

WHILE THE LOCKS MAY POSE A THREAT TO THE STABILITY OF EUROPE'S FAMED BRIDGES, CITY OFFICIALS CAN'T SHAKE THE BOND OF TRUE LOVE.

EMILY ROSEMAN/Associated Press

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