Gay killers marry in French prison - with a Jackal for the witness

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

Two gay convicted murderers have married each other in prison - with notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal as their witness.

Serial killer Alfredo Stranieri and Germain Gaiffe - who beheaded a man - married inside the high-security prison at Poissy, near Paris.

Gaiffe, 45, wore a white wedding dress but was ordered to change into men's clothing.

Guests included Carlos the Jackal after the couple asked him to be their witness.

The civil ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, is believed to be the first gay wedding in prison since France passed a same-sex marriage law two months ago.

Controversial comedian Dieudonne M'bala was the other witness, despite speaking out against gay marriage.

He was also asked to change out of a white wedding dress. Mr M'bala said: "This is the France of tomorrow."

Italian-born Stranieri, 56, was labelled the 'small ads killer' after targeting victims through classified adverts. He was given a life sentence in 2003 for killing four. Gaiffe, 45, beheaded a man and was given a 30-year sentence in the same year.

The couple met in prison and later made a bizarre claim they had fathered a child with France's then-justice minister Rachida Dati. Miss Dati launched a prosecution for 'causing outrage to a public servant' and the pair had four months added to their sentences.

Prison officials refused to reveal if Stranieri and Gaiffe would now be allowed to share a cell.

Carlos the Jackal, real name Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving two life sentences for bomb plots in Paris in the 1980s and a 1975 double murder.

- DAILY MAIL

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