New, spectacular and symbolic actions to shake us out of our sleep, to jolt anaesthetised minds and to reawaken memory of our origins.

What Dominique Venner, aged 78, a former member of the French nationalist terrorist movement, OAS, claimed society needed in an essay on his blog last week. Today the far-right French historian shot himself in the head beside the altar of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, apparently in protest against the legalisation of gay marriage in France.

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