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Tue, May. 21 2013 01:23 PM EDT

French Historian Commits Suicide Inside Notre Dame Cathedral

By Nicola Menzie
French historian Dominique Venner reportedly entered the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday at 4 p.m. local time, approached the main altar and fatally shot himself with an automatic pistol before collapsing on the altar. The 78-year-old award-winning historian, described as "far-right" and "right-wing" by British and French media, may have carried out the suicide in protest of France's recent legalization of same-sex marriage. (A link to this page will be included in your message. )

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