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Carlos the Jackal appeals sentence

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, seen in a 2004 photo.

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, seen in a 2004 photo.

PARIS — Carlos the Jackal, the flamboyant terrorist and self-proclaimed revolutionary who was once one of the Cold War’s most wanted men, appeared in a French court Monday to appeal his life sentence for orchestrating bombings in France two decades ago.

Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving two life sentences for a triple murder in 1975 and for the bombings in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 people and injured more than 140.

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He has been jailed since 1994 after French agents whisked him out of Sudan in a sack.

Monday’s hearing on the appeal began with Ramirez demanding a new lawyer.

His alleged ties to attacks by far-left and Palestinian terror groups made him feared among governments but also brought him admirers.

Ramirez threatened a campaign of terror against France in 1982 unless the government freed Magdalena Kopp, the West German left-wing radical who later became his first wife. That year, bombs exploded on two French express trains, at a train station, and in central Paris.

Ramirez divorced Kopp and later was ‘‘married’’ in an unofficial ceremony to his French lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre.

The world first caught sight of Ramirez in the 1975 hostage-taking of OPEC oil ministers, when as a young man he stood on a runway wearing sunglasses, a black Che Guevara beret, and a Pierre Cardin jacket, according to one of his biographies.

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