Gangster makes spectacular escape from French jail in helicopter

Infamous French Criminal Escapes Prison In A Helicopter

This picture taken on July 1, 2018 in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris shows a vehicle abandoned by French criminal Redoine Faid at O'Parinor shopping mall after his escape on a helicopter from a prison in Reau.

As per a report by Hindustan Times, Faid, who claims that his life is inspired by gangster films like "Scarface", escaped with the help of two accomplices using smoke bombs and angle grinders, according to prison unionist Martial Delabroye.

French police have begun a manhunt and prosecutors have opened an investigation.

At the same time, a helicopter landed in the prison courtyard, the only part of the complex not covered by anti-helicopter netting.

In 2013, Faid blasted his way out of prison with explosives concealed in tissue packs.

He was nabbed six weeks later in a hotel outside Paris.

Faid, who has said he was inspired by USA films such as "Scarface" and "Heat", was serving 25 years in Réau prison for his part in a botched 2010 cash-transport van robbery that he masterminded.

She was shot as the gang fled and used Kalashnikov assault rifles to fire at police cars pursuing them along the busy A4 motorway.

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A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder used a helicopter to escape from a prison near Paris.

Less than a decade later, on a warm Sunday morning, a small white helicopter would fly over the prison's plentiful foliage and land in the aforementioned courtyard.

France's BFM TV quotes a prison union representative saying that it was two men who burst in to search for Faid, wearing balaclavas and police arm bands. Faid was talking with his brother at that time.

A police source said the helicopter pilot was a flight instructor waiting for a student when he was seized by Faid's accomplices.

Faid's brother, who was visiting him at the jail, has been taken into custody for questioning.

The helicopter, the pilot of which was later released, was found burnt out north of Paris, as was a getaway vehicle.

He had been released on parole in 2009, after spending 10 years behind bars for a series of robberies.

But he was suspected of masterminding an attempted armed robbery in 2010 that led to a high-speed chase and a shootout with police in which 26-year-old policewoman Aurelie Fouquet was killed.

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