1. Suicide in France

    Historian Kills Himself at Notre Dame

    French policemen cordon off in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on May 21, 2013, following the evacuation of the cathedral after a man shot himself dead in front of the altar. The man, in his 70s, who was well-known far-right figure, committed suicide with a pistol some time after 1400 GMT, investigators said. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE VERDY

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    The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was closed Tuesday after a French historian shot and killed himself at the landmark’s altar. Dominique Venner, 78, was a far-right-leaning French historian and had written a blog post expressing his anger over the country’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage. Before shooting himself, Venner put a letter on the Notre Dame altar—it’s not clear what the letter said or whether it indicated a motive. Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right Front National, tweeted that she had “respect” for Venner and found his death to be an “eminently political” gesture.

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