A right leaning author who was known for his opposition to the islamisation of France and was against the recently passed gay marriage bill has committed suicide in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday in order to "awaken consciences". He shot himself in the mouth will 1,500 people were in the church. BBC Article: "I think I need to sacrifice myself to break the lethargy that overwhelms us" - the parting words of Dominique Venner, a French far-right historian who shot himself on Tuesday afternoon, beside the altar of Notre Dame. In his letter, read by a close friend on a Catholic radio station, he said it was an act in "defence of the traditional family" and in the "fight against illegal immigration". The leader of the far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, described it as an "eminently political gesture" from a man seeking to "re-awaken" his countrymen. Mr Venner had a long history in far-right politics. He was jailed for his fascist sympathies in the early 60s, then a member of the Secret Army Organisation that opposed Algerian independence. More recently he has been an outspoken critic of the government's bill on same sex marriage, which President Francois Hollande signed into law this weekend. The 78-year-old said the bill was "vile". BBC News - France reacts to Dominique Venner's shock 'gesture' His suicide note: (Google translation) I am healthy in body and mind, and I am filled with love for my wife and children. I love life and expect nothing beyond, if the perpetuation of my race and my mind. However, in the evening of this life, in front of huge dangers for my French and European country, I feel the duty to act as I have strength. I think I need to sacrifice myself to break the lethargy that plagues us. I offer the rest of my life with the intention of protest and foundation. I chose a highly symbolic place, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris that I respect and admire, she was built by the genius of my ancestors in places of worship earlier, recalling our immemorial origins. While many men are slaves of their lives, my gesture embodies an ethical will. I give death to awaken the slumbering consciences. I rebel against fate. I protest against poisons the soul and the individual against invasive desires that destroy our identity and anchors including family, the intimate base of our millenary civilization. While I defend the identity of all peoples' home, I also rebel against the crime of the replacement of our people. The dominant discourse being incapable of coming out of its toxic ambiguities, the Europeans themselves should draw the conclusions. Since we do not have an identitarian religion we can refer to, we share, since Homer's time, a memory which is the repository of all the values ​​on which our future rebirth will be built, breaking out from the the metaphysics of the unlimited, the harmful source of all modern evils. I apologize in advance to anyone who will suffer from my death, first and foremost to my wife, my children and grandchildren, as well as to my friends and followers. But once the shock of pain has receded, I do not doubt that the meaning of my gesture will appear and transcend their pain into pride. I hope those work together to last. They will find in my recent writings the foreshadowing and explanation of my actions.