He is already serving two life terms for several killings in the name of Palestinian and communist causes.
Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was given his nickname when he was one of the world’s most wanted terror suspects.
He spent years on the run before being captured in 1994 in Sudan.
What is the case?
“What exactly is the point of having a trial so long after the events?” she said.
But Georges Holleaux, a lawyer representing the victims, said the families relished the chance to see him in court.
“The victims have been waiting so long for Ramirez to be judged and convicted. Their wounds have never healed,” he said.
Who is Carlos the Jackal?
Ramirez was dubbed Carlos the Jackal by the press, named after the fictional terrorist in the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel, The Day of the Jackal, which was turned into a popular film.
Born in Venezuela, he was considered one of the most notorious political terrorists of the 1970s and 80s.
By the age of 24, he had joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and began his training as a militant revolutionary.
A few years later, he launched his first attack – on Joseph Edward Sieff, the then president of the Marks and Spencers retail chain in London. Sieff, a prominent Jewish figure, survived a gunshot wound to the head.
He was first convicted by a French court 20 years ago, and again in 2011 and 2013. If convicted of first degree murder charges, he could get a third life sentence.
What are the attacks Ramirez was involved in?
- In March 1982, a bomb exploded on a train between Paris and Toulouse, killing five people and wounding 28
- A month later a car bomb attack was mounted on an anti-Syrian newspaper in Paris, with one passer-by killed and 60 injured
- On New Year’s Eve 1983, a bomb on a TGV fast train between Marseille and Paris killed three people and wounded 13
- A bomb at a Marseille train station killed two
- He has also been linked to several other attacks outside France