Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who scored nearly a fifth of the first-round vote in the 2012 presidential election, has paid tribute to Dominique Venner on Twitter, saying his suicide was a political gesture aimed at "waking up the French people".
Venner - a 78-year-old French far-right activist - committed suicide at the altar of the Notre Dame cathedral today, three days after a law legalising same-sex marriage came into effect.
Police evacuated the cathedral, one of Paris' biggest tourist draws, after Venner - a historian known for his hard-right political essays and a fierce opponent of gay marriage - shot himself, sending tourists fleeing in panic.
More top news
The man who drove the van that ploughed into pedestrians killing 13 people was unharmed and is still on the run, police believe.
Donald Trump has said American culture is being "ripped apart" by efforts to remove Confederate memorials from parts of the country.
It's a bright start for many this morning, with a mixture of sunshine and showers across the UK.