The plot revolves around a real-life attempt to asassinate French President Charles de Gaulle in the early 1960's. The plot is set in motion by a renegade French para-military group (the O.A.S.) unhappy with de Gaulle's plans for Algerian independence. They hire a contract killer known by the code name Jackal (Edward Fox) to carry out the deed. The French police get wind of the plan and under the leadership of Colonel Rolland (Michel Lonsdale) set out to stop the Jackal before he can execute his plan. The intricate storyline switches between two strands - the Jackal going about his plans, nailing down the details and preparing the ground, and the police team's efforts to identify and then stop him.
This is an excellent suspence drama and should not be confused with the Bruce Willis re-make "The Jackal".
Starring: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel, Tony Britton.