I read this novel around 1985-1990. It was written in French, I cannot tell if it is the original language or a translation.

The story occurs throughout the whole 20th century.

In this novel the world leaders (like JFK, etc.) secretly meet to talk about a big threat that must remain secret. This threat turns out to be immortality.

As far as I remember, the author has put the history in real historical context, i.e. those meetings actually occurred.

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I think you're talking about Le Grand Secret by René Barjavel (originally published in the early 70s).

The English translation is called The Immortals.

An Indian character discovers a virus that causes immortality. He tells Indian Prime Minister Nehru, who then alerts other world leaders.

It was adapted into a (French language) TV miniseries in 1989.

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