A notorious career thief who was once France’s most-wanted man pulled off a daring jailbreak on Sunday, fleeing a prison in the Paris area by helicopter, officials said.
Redoine Faid, 46, broke out of the prison in Reau in the city’s southeastern suburbs, helped by a number of heavily-armed men, sources said.
Faid had been sentenced to 25 years for masterminding a May 2010 botched armed robbery, in which a policewoman was killed. Faid fled on Sunday with three accomplices, according to the sources. The helicopter was later found in a northeastern suburb of the French capital, they said, adding that a police search has been launched across the entire Paris region.
It is the second time Faid has escaped jail. In 2013, he used dynamite to blast his way out of a prison in northern France.