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French gangster who used helicopter to escape prison is spotted near Paris

August 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
French gangster who used helicopter to escape prison is spotted near Paris

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Infamous French gangster Redoine Faid who broke out of prison using a helicopter three weeks ago was spotted near Paris this week.

The 46-year-old Redoine Faid, who is France’s most wanted criminal, was recognized as one of two people in a vehicle later discovered abandoned and containing six packs of plastic explosives, according to the Guardian.

Faid was serving 25 years behind bars for crimes including an attempted robbery in which a police officer, Aurelie Fouquet, 26, was murdered in a shootout back in 2010.

The French press has given Faid the nickname of ‘Jailbird King.’

His associates reportedly hijacked a helicopter, held the pilot hostage, and used the chopper to assist with Faid’s escape from the Reau prison on July 1st

A special force of approximately 100 officers has since been on the hunt for Faid.

The escape was the second time Faid broke out of a French prison. In 2013, he blasted his way out using explosives hidden in tissue packs before was apprehended at a hotel six weeks later.

In the 1990s, Faid headed a criminal gang involved in armed robberies of banks and armored vans transporting cash.

He was taken into custody in 1998 after three years on the lam in Switzerland and Israel.

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