French mercenary and military man who fought in such French colonies as Gabon, Angola, and Rhodesia and also took part in the Algerian War.
He spent over a year in jail after he plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Pierre Mendes-France.
Between 1975 and 1995, he was involved in four coup attempts in the Comoro Islands.
A Muslim convert and a practicing polygamist, he fathered eight children through seven concurrent marriages.
He served under French president Charles de Gaulle.