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Vocal anti gay marriage, award winning far right historian kills himself inside Notre-Dame Cathedral

Posted by on May. 22, 2013 at 3:18 AM
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Man kills himself inside Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

Dominique Venner, an award-winning far-right historian, shot himself inside the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris

A man has killed himself inside the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in the French capital, causing its evacuation.

The man pulled out a shotgun and shot himself through the mouth beside the main altar shortly after 16:00 (14:00 GMT) - in front of some 1,500 people.

He was later named by police as 78-year-old Dominique Venner, an award-winning far-right historian.

Mr Venner had recently been involved in the campaign against the government's decision to legalise gay marriage.

On Saturday, President Francois Hollande signed the bill into law.

'Political gesture'

The police said Mr Venner had made no statement before killing himself, although a note was found next to his body. They did not disclose its contents.

Screengrab of Dominique Venner's blog (21 May 2013) Dominique Venner's latest blog entry condemned the government's decision to legalise gay marriage

Earlier on Tuesday, he had written on his blog a critique of the same-sex marriage bill.

"New spectacular and symbolic actions are needed to wake up the sleepwalkers and shake the anaesthetised consciousness," he wrote.

"We are entering a time when acts must follow words."

Mr Venner is also a former member of the Secret Army Organisation (OAS), which opposed Algerian independence in the early 1960s and tried to assassinate Charles De Gaulle.

Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front leader, paid tribute to Mr Venner, describing his suicide as a political gesture aimed at "waking up the people of France".

The BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris says Notre-Dame is the most visited landmark in France, attracting more than 13 million visitors each year, but security is relatively relaxed.

It would not be difficult to conceal a weapon in a shoulder bag, he says.

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It's unfortunate, it's dramatic, it's shocking”

Monsignor Patrick Jacquin Rector of Notre-Dame

The cathedral is celebrating its 850th year, and at the time of Mr Venner's death.

Police said the evacuation began immediately, that there were no further problems, and that the cathedral for the moment remained closed.

"It's unfortunate, it's dramatic, it's shocking," the rector of Notre-Dame, Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, told the Associated Press news agency.

This was the first suicide in decades at the cathedral, he said. A few people had jumped to their deaths from Notre-Dame's twin towers, but no-one was thought to have killed themselves at the altar before, he added.

"We will pray for this man, as for so many others at their end."

Last Thursday, a 50-year-old man with a history of mental problems killed himself with a sawn-off shotgun in front of a dozen children at a private Catholic school next to the Eiffel Tower.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22614994


by on May. 22, 2013 at 3:18 AM
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rfurlongg
by on May. 22, 2013 at 3:27 AM
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Clearly he was battling mental illness.
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opinionatedmom
by on May. 22, 2013 at 3:31 AM
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I won't lose sleep over it.
Goodwoman614
by Satan on May. 22, 2013 at 3:32 AM
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Takin' one for Team J.

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on May. 22, 2013 at 4:04 AM
He's so angry about gay marriage
jadedcynic
by NerdyJen on May. 22, 2013 at 4:10 AM
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Isn't suicide one of the unforgiveable sins? Also, he defecated a church with his blood, brain tissue, urine and feces. Pretty sure that guy's going to Hell. It would be really funny if he got there and there wasn't a gay person to be seen.

Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on May. 22, 2013 at 4:12 AM
Seriously, how is killing yourself going to solve anything? The only thing that says is that you are dumb enough to think it will solve whatever issue you are trying to protest.
Mommabearbergh
by on May. 22, 2013 at 4:12 AM
Well damn blowing your brains out in a church doesn't seem the way to go if your upset about gay marriage. If he was religious that was the most backwards thing to do. Killing your self in a sacred place
romalove
by Roma on May. 22, 2013 at 5:37 AM
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What a selfish asshole.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on May. 22, 2013 at 6:08 AM
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What a selfish piece of shit.

Meadowchik
by Silver Member on May. 22, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Not long ago in France a father of young children killed himself, telling his company they were to blame for taking him from his kids. His beef was regarding job security.

The French do a lot of things differently. The mindset of public activism is very different from the USA. This guy tried to make himself a political martyr, we'll see....

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