PARIS-A French gangster is on the run after being sprung from jail by heavily armed gunmen and escaping in a helicopter that landed in the prison grounds, the justice minister said on Sunday.

Redoine Faid was serving a 25-year sentence for murder, following a botched armed robbery that left a policewoman dead in 2010.

Faid's brother was in custody on Monday.

In that escape, he took four prison wardens hostage and blasted a number of doors with explosives before fleeing in two getaway cars. Faïd said he was inspired by American films such as Scarface and Heat.

Payet and his accomplices fled, and the pilot was not harmed.


According to news channel BFM-TV, the breakout was pulled off while Faid was in the prison's visiting room around 11.30am local time.

They landed in the only courtyard at Réau that doesn't have anti-aircraft nets.

French daily Le Figaro has also published what it says is an email written by a regional prison official seeking Faid's urgent transfer to another facility, citing "a serious threat of an attempt" to escape.

The helicopter that extracted Faid yesterday flew right across the Paris region from the jail to the south-east of the capital, before being dumped not far from Charles de Gaulle airport to the north-east of the city. He was serving a 25-year sentence for murder and robbery. The helicopter pilot was released without injury, and the crew moved to a vehicle, which was then abandoned in a shopping centre auto park, where they transferred to a white van bearing the company name "Enedis" on the side.

The 46-year-old career thief escaped Reau prison by helicopter in a daylight break, authorities said.


The whole operation, which lasted just 10 minutes, was well planned with a smooth conclusion in the form of a helicopter escape, Delabroye said.

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

In the 1990s, he was co-leader of a gang engaged in jewel theft, armed robbery and extortion in the Paris area.

He was recaptured six weeks later at a hotel on the outskirts of Paris.

French authorities believe the escape plan was well-planned and required several reconnaissance missions.


After arriving at the prison and freeing Faid, they took off for the suburb of Roissy northeast of Paris, where they then tried to set the helicopter on fire before fleeing by auto.

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