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Jackal is handed his third life term for 1974 attack

By Philippe Sotto

A French court has convicted the man known as Carlos the Jackal, once the world's most-wanted fugitive, of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade and sentenced him to life in prison for the third time.

Two people were killed and 34 injured at the Drugstore Publicis in the upmarket Left Bank Saint-Germain district.

Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is serving two life sentences for murders and attacks.

He carried them out on behalf of the Palestinian cause and communism in the 1970s and 80s.

His lawyers, who pleaded for acquittal, said they would appeal, although the third life sentence does not affect how long he will stay behind bars.

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