Plot (film)

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Directed byYves Boisset
Written byBen Barzman
Basilio Franchina
StarringJean-Louis Trintignant
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyRicardo Aronovich
Release date
  • 4 October 1972 (1972-10-04) (Italy)
  • 11 October 1972 (1972-10-11) (France)
Running time
120 minutes

Plot (French: L'Attentat, released in the US as The French Conspiracy) is a 1972 French-Italian political thriller film directed by Yves Boisset, inspired by the assassination of Mehdi Ben Barka in Paris. It was entered into the 8th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Silver Prize.[1]


The African opposition politician Sadiel lives in exile in Geneva. To take him out for good, the dictator Kassar pacts with the CIA and the French secret service. Finally, the French journalist Darien is blackmailed to ask Sadiel from his exile in Switzerland for an interview in Paris. The reporter, who understands the game after a while, cannot prevent the assassination of the politician in the end. Afterwards, an American friend of the politician kills another confidant on behalf of the CIA.



  1. ^ "8th Moscow International Film Festival (1973)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.

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