The 850-year-old church was cleared out when 78-year-old Dominique Venner, a noted essayist and historian, entered the cathedral and placed a sealed envelope on the alter before shooting himself in the head with a handgun. A strict Catholic who frequently rallied against gays and Islamists, Venner argued that more drastic measures were necessary to combat same same-sex marriage since peaceful protest failed to work.
In his last blog entry, Venner wrote:
“It certainly will require new, spectacular and symbolic gesture to shake the sleepiness, shaking anesthetized consciousness and awaken the memory of our origins. We are entering a time when words must be authenticated by acts.”
His entire post can be read here.