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Georges Watin, 71, whose attempt to assassinate...


Georges Watin, 71, whose attempt to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle was portrayed in the novel and movie "The Day of the Jackal," died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Asuncion, Paraguay. Algerian-born, Mr. Watin fought against the Algerians in their war for independence and opposed de Gaulle's decision in 1962 to grant it. The assassination attempt was the basis for Frederick Forsythe's 1971 novel "The Day of the Jackal." Mr. Watin was condemned to death in absentia in 1963 but pardoned by an amnesty law in 1968.


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