Top French criminal Redoine Faid escapes prison by helicopter

15 2013 in Paris shows a reproduction of the Interpol website shows the international wanted person notice for French robber Redoine Faid

Video taken by another inmate at Reau prison in the Paris region shows Faid make his daring escape from the prison grounds.

Serving a 25 year sentence for murder, Faid managed to escape prison once before, blowing his way out of jail in 2013 using explosives that were hidden in packs of tissues.

And this isn't the first time the well known gangster has made headlines.

He was serving 25 years for an attempted armed robbery in 2010 that led to a high-speed chase and a shootout with police that killed 26-year-old officer Aurelie Fouquet. Back in 2013 he blasted out of jail using dynamite, he also took 4 prison wardens hostage during this attempt.

The aircraft was then set alight, but was only partly damaged and the fire was extinguished when police found it a short time later.

Faid was convicted for the murder of the policewoman along with two accomplices, all considered involved in the deadly shooting.

A well-known French criminal has escaped from prison by helicopter, the country's prison authority has said. "It was an extremely well-prepared commando unit that may have used drones to survey the area beforehand", she told reporters.

French prosecutors have opened an investigation into the jailbreak.

A cover of the book "Braqueur" by Redoine Faid. All the hostages were released unharmed.

He was captured six weeks later in a hotel outside of the French capital.

He had been released on parole in 2009, after spending 10 years behind bars for a series of robberies. Shortly after, he said he was renouncing crime, the AP says, and wrote a book about his early life and his rise through criminal networks in France.

Faid, who has a cult following in the tough multi-ethnic suburbs outside Paris where he grew up, has made several television appearances.

He wrote that he had watched the film dozens of times to flawless his bank-robbing prowess.

One of the prison supervisors added, "In the corner of his (Faid) mind, he never lost the idea of escaping".

"In the corner of his mind, he never lost the idea of escaping".

Simultaneously, a helicopter landed in the prison courtyard, which was not covered by any nets. "Behind all his manners - he is very polite - he always hid his game", the supervisor said.

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