French convict escapes from prison using a helicopter

French convict escapes from prison using a helicopter

French convict escapes from prison using a helicopter

Rédoine Faïd abandoned the helicopter on the outskirts of Paris after using it to escape Réau prison in the south-eastern suburbs.

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.

A union representative for the prison told French news channel BFM that "two men dressed in black, wearing balaclavas and police armbands" broke into the visiting room with a grinder. He was serving prison for a time duration of 25-years for a failed robbery in which a police officer was killed.

In this photo dated November 22, 2010, notorious French criminal Redoine Faid poses prior to an interview with French all-news TV channel, LCI, as he was promoting his book, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, France.

Belloubet said the prison break likely took months to plan and that authorities suspect Faid's accomplices had thoroughly staked out the prison and possibly used drones to determine the best spot to land the helicopter.

The courtyard where the helicopter landed was the only area not protected by anti-aircraft netting.

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In 2013, he took four prison guards hostage before using dynamite to blow his way out of jail and fleeing in a waiting getaway vehicle.

They then managed to whisk him away in a helicopter parked in a nearby school yard, according to French media.

Belloubet said police had launched a manhunt and described Faid as unsafe. The gunmen then removed Faid from the visiting room, where he had been talking with his brother, and fled in the helicopter. Faid was believed to have left by auto along with his accomplices. Faid's brother has been taken into custody for questioning. He has previously said his lifestyle was inspired by Hollywood gangster films, including the Al Pacino thriller Scarface.

He fled with three accomplices, according to the sources.

In 2009, Faid wrote a book titled "Robber: Cities of Organized Crime", in which he explored his childhood growing up in Paris' marginalised neighbourhoods, or banlieues.

The 2010 robbery that he was imprisoned for involved the shooting of a female police officer. In April this year, he was convicted on appeal of masterminding a 2010 robbery in which a young policewoman, Aurélie Fouquet, was killed.

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