Notorious French Gangster Escapes Paris Prison By Helicopter

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

A man convicted of murder has escaped from prison using a helicopter, France's Justice Ministry said.

Heavily armed men helped Redoine Faid escape the jail in Reau in the daring jailbreak on Sunday. Gunmen then took Faid from the visiting room and fled in the helicopter.

Local media reported that French-Algerian top gangster Redoine Faid made his second prison break in just over five years at around 11:30am local time (10:30GMT) on Sunday.

According to France 3, the pilot of the helicopter is an instructor waiting for a lesson to begin who was taken hostage by the men.

Faid was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his part in a 2010 hold-up of a cash-transport van which led to the death of a 26-year-old policewoman.

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A huge police team have been dispatched to track down and recapture the fugitive, says France's Ministry of the Interior, who described Faid as "dangerous". In 2013, he took four prison guards hostage, then used dynamite to blasted his way out, fleeing in a waiting getaway vehicle, only to be recaptured six weeks later.

He was captured six weeks later in a hotel outside of the French capital. He has said his life of crime was inspired by movies such as "Scarface" and "Heat".

Prior to the 2013 escape, Faid had been released from a previous stint of a decade behind bars after convincing parole officials that he regretted his criminal past and was determined to start afresh.

His fame has increased since then following appearances in several television shows and authoring books recounting his past and rise as a criminal in Paris' tough suburbs.

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