Notre Dame de Paris (photo: Tom S. from WikiCommons, public domain)
After ranting against gay marriage in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, conservative author and activist Dominique Venner left a note at the altar and then put a pistol in his mouth and fired it, killing himself, according to the UK Guardian.
The Guardian further reports:
The motive for the suicide and the contents of the letter were not immediately clear, although Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right Front National, tweeted her "respect" for Venner and said his death was an "eminently political" gesture.
Manuel Valls, the French interior minister, arrived as officers cordoned off the site. He told French TV: "At the time of this act, the suicide of a desperate man, there were 1,500 people in the cathedral. These people were evacuated very quickly."
Notre Dame's rector could not recall if anyone had ever taken his or her own life in the cathedral during the building's 850-year history.
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