Hardliner kills himself over gay marriage law
A well-known French far-Right historian committed suicide at the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral by shooting himself in the mouth in an apparent protest against gay marriage.
Dominique Venner (78), who is known in France for his political essays, posted a note on his blog dated yesterday, attacking a law passed by the Socialist government last week allowing same-sex marriage and adoption, which he called "vile".
Police also found a handwritten note by his body, the contents of which were not known last night.
Mr Venner calmly walked to the altar in the choir area and shot himself in front of tourists.
In his blog post, Mr Venner appeared to link his forthcoming act to France's 'Marriage for All' law, which was passed into legislation last week.
Apparently calling for others to follow his high-profile act, he wrote: "It will certainly require new, spectacular and symbolic gestures to smash the drowsiness, to shake the anaesthetised consciences and to awaken the memory of our origins. We are entering a time when words must be authenticated by actions."
Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-Right National Front party, FN, said she offered "all our respect to Dominique Venner whose last, eminently political act was to try to awaken the people of France". ( © Daily Telegraph, London)