Category: Politics / May 21, 2013 3:53 PM EDT
Authorities evacuated Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday after a far right activist killed himself by way of gunshot. The 78 year old activist is a well-known historian in France famous for his right wing political essays, who is also a fierce opponent of gay marriage.
The 850 year old cathedral is a popular tourist attraction, so the act was shocking public display of activism in its extremist form.
Before his suicide the activist urged people via his blog to protest gay marriage on the streets on Sunday. France became the 14th country to allow gay marriage on Saturday.