Notre Dame Suicide: Anti-Gay Marriage 'Sacrifice'?
Venner also slammed African immigration; death hailed as 'political act'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
Updated May 22, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
Police officers stand guard in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

(Newser) – The suicide of a far-right writer/activist at Paris' Notre Dame yesterday is being hailed as a "political act" by other far-right leaders. Dominique Venner, who shot himself in front of an estimated 1,500 people inside the vaunted cathedral, had posted a final essay on his website decrying both the country's recent legalization of gay marriage and immigration from Africa, reports the AFP. The 78-year-old left a letter containing similar statements at the altar before killing himself, says a police source. Venner also left a message that a friend read on a conservative radio station. A sample: "I believe it is necessary to sacrifice myself to break with the lethargy that is overwhelming us. ... I am killing myself to awaken slumbering consciences."

On Twitter, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen praised Venner. "All respect to Dominique Venner whose final, eminently political act was to try to wake up the people of France," she wrote. Another senior National Front figure and member of the European Parliament also hailed the "dramatic gesture," and called Venner an "extremely brilliant intellectual," France 24 reports. He noted the death was likely inspired by that of right-wing Japanese author Yukio Mishima, who committed ritual seppuku in 1970 as an act of political protest.

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May 22, 2013 8:15 PM CDT
There are fanatic in every group. They never really affect the outcome of any demonstration or cause.
May 22, 2013 1:01 PM CDT
ah F you all I hope all you left wing nut jobs gay lesbians supporters should catch a disease that can't be cure and your pinus should fall off and as far as you hole lovers I hope it clams up and shuts up for good....
May 22, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
it's a shame that this country is turning like the rest of the world a bunch of gays lesbians, we were the world strongest leaders in the military now you got a bunch of wash woman that don't want to get there hands dirty, it wasn't like this in the 60s 70s 80s or 90s this fairys musta came out of there closets in the late 2000s if a holy war breaks out we have no chance!!!