The burden of love
This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the “love lock” bridge in Paris. There’s listener news, “On This Day”, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!
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This week’s quiz: On 6 June, I asked you a question about Paris, known throughout the world as the “City of Love”. That week – and it was on the RFI English front page – Paris’ city officials decided there was just a little too much love going on – or at least, too much for our poor bridge, Le Pont des Arts, to carry.
A tradition sprung up here a few years back: couples wanted to leave a sign of their love behind them in this romantic city, so they would attach a padlock engraved with their names on a bridge across the Seine river, and then throw the key into the Seine, as a symbol of the strength of that love. Which is sweet.
But the weight of all those locks - close to 45 tons! - have caused structural damage to the bridges, and one in particular had become dangerous … so the City of Paris decided that this nice gesture of lovers will no longer be allowed, and on Monday, 1 June, the locks were removed.
My question to you was: what is the name of the bridge from which the love locks were removed, and when was that bridge built?
The answer is: Le Pont des Arts. It was built between 1802 and 1804.
I admit the question was a little tricky. Tricky because - and as many of you answered - the bridge was re-constructed between 1981 and 1984. Le Pont des Arts had become structurally unsound following aerial bombardments during both the World Wars, and also from the numerous barges that hit it over the years. Following the re-build, and again, as many of you noted, it was indeed inaugurated by then-mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac.
But the answer I was looking for was its original date of construction - which was under Napoleon I, between 1802 and 1804.
The winners this week are: A brand new RFI Listeners Club member: Sanjai Aravindhan, from Chennai, India, and two other Club members: Kolawole Olulana from Pretoria East, South Africa, and Samuel Francis from St Catherine, Jamaica. Also on the list: Isaac Sagala from Kampala, Uganda, and Royse Cramton, from Oak Park, Illinois, in the U-S.
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