A man who is understood to have committed suicide by shooting himself at the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been named by a police source as a well-known former far-right activist.
Dominique Venner, 78, was a historian known in France for his far-right political essays. He carried a letter on him but made no declaration before shooting himself dead, the source said.The cathedral has been evacuated.
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