An appeals court on Wednesday sentenced the Venezuelan terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal" to life in prison for his role in attacks staged in France in 1982 and 1983, reaffirming the sentence that had been handed down to him in December 2011.

The sentence will be appealed to the Supreme Court, defense attorney Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, who married Carlos in 2001, said.

The decision was "political" in nature and driven by U.S. interest, Coutant-Peyre said.

The 63-year-old Carlos, whose real name is Illich Ramirez Sanchez, was also banned by the Appeals Court in Paris from requesting any special prison privileges for 18 months, the same penalty that had been imposed in an earlier phase of the case.

The Appeals Court ruled that Carlos was guilty of complicity but was not the material author of the killings.

The appeals trial, which started on May 13, also included German citizen Christa Frohlich, who was tried in absentia because she did not want to risk losing her legal protection by crossing into France for the hearings.

Frohlich, who was acquitted in an earlier trial, was once again acquitted by the panel's 10 judges.

Prosecutors were seeking a 10-year prison sentence for Frohlich for the role she played in the attack on Marbeuf street in Paris.

The four attacks killed 11 people and wounded nearly two dozen others.

Carlos was convicted for the first time in December 1997 of the 1975 murders of two police officers and their Lebanese informant in Paris.

French authorities also linked Carlos to three incidents in 1982-1983, including an attack on a Paris-Toulouse train in which five people died and 77 others were wounded, another in the French capital that killed one person and wounded 11 others, and a third on the train station in Marseille that killed two people and wounded 40 others.

Carlos, who was dubbed "the Jackal" by reporters after the fictional terrorist in Frederick Forsyth's "The Day of the Jackal," was grabbed by French secret service agents in August 1994 in Khartoum and spirited him away to Paris aboard a private plane. EFE