Yes, I did donate to their cause after snapping this photo. Felt like the fair thing to do… scam or not.
A-h-h-h… Farewell to the Love Locks Bridge…
Paris, the city of love, will need to become creative again and find new ways to express affections due to the determination that the Love Locks phenomenon has caused a degradation of the heritage of Paris, the heavy weight upon the bridge is causing harmful damage and a safety hazard to tourists. The tradition of adding a padlock has been traced to an Italian teen novel titled I Want You published in 2006. ~USA Today
So, how do you correctly say “goodbye” when in France?
1. Say “au revoir” in any setting. This is the standard French translation of the English “goodbye” and it can be used in both casual and formal settings, with strangers and friends alike.
Pronounce salut as sah-loo.
A rough pronunciation of adieu would be and-joo.
How to Say Goodby in French ~ WikiHow