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Geneva police are gearing up to protest planned pay cuts in an unconventional way: by leaving their uniforms at home and donning shorts.

Starting Monday, beat cops in the Swiss city will go on patrol without their uniforms and civilian-clothed officers will show up for work wearing short pants, Swiss public broadcaster RTS reported Friday.

The wardrobe shift is meant to protest plans to cut back police salaries, according to Christian Antonietti, head of the UPCP police union.

"We are really angry, and we feel betrayed, and we won't accept this," he told RTS, pointing out that the union had backed a restructuring of the force with the understanding that salaries and benefits would not change.

Geneva police officers have already ditched shaving and wearing police caps to demonstrate their unhappiness with the planned salary cuts, RTS said.

Jose iMod Jun 18 '14 · Tags: geneva

Sometimes too much love can be a bad thing as Paris discovered on Sunday when thousands of "locks of love" attached to a footbridge caused part of the railing to collapse, forcing an evacuation.

Thousands of lovers from across the world visit the Pont des Arts every year and seal their love by attaching a lock carrying their names to its railing and throwing the key in the Seine.

But police were forced to hurriedly usher visitors off the footbridge in central Paris early Sunday evening after 2.4 metres of railing collapsed under the weight of the collected tokens of affection.

"The bridge was immediately evacuated and closed," local police said.

An architect and local officials rushed to the site and a barrier put in place to stop further access. Police said the bridge would be re-opened by Monday.

The Pont des Arts crosses the French capital's river Seine just in front of the Louvre museum and is known the world over for its "locks of love".

The phenomenon has become something of a headache for officials in the City of Light, who would prefer something that poses fewer problems of security and aesthetics.

Two young Americans living in Paris have gathered thousands of signatures for a petition they launched in March calling for the locks to be removed, saying they are eyesores and cause damage to the bridges.

The locks only appeared on the Pont des Arts in 2008, having already become a craze in Germany, Russia, China and particularly Italy.

Today, the full 150-metre length of the footbridge is covered in the locks, and the practice has spread to other bridges around the capital.

Forty locks were also recently removed from the Eiffel Tower.

Jose iMod Jun 18 '14 · Tags: paris, lock, bridge
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