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Rebel French army officers who opened fire on President Charles de Gaulle's car near Paris in 1962 planned to kidnap him and try him for high treason for giving Algeria independence, the man who led the attack said.

"I want to make it clear that there was never a plan to kill 'the old man' in Petit Clamart," Georges Henri Watin, who described himself as a professional killer and was widely known as the "Jackal," was quoted as saying in an interview published Sunday by the Spanish daily El Pais.

The incident at Petit Clamart, near Paris, was portrayed as an assassination attempt in the film "The Day of the Jackal" based on the 1971 Frederick Forsyth book of the same name.

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