Notorious French gangster breaks out of prison in a helicopter

most wanted man has escaped from his Paris prison in a helicopter.

Heavily armed men helped Redoine Faid escape the jail in Reau in the daring jailbreak on Sunday.

The escape lasted a matter of minutes, with three accomplices flying away from the area along with 46-year-old Faid, sources said.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by IBO/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock (2295560b) Redoine Faid Redoine Faid promoting his book 'Braqueur' - 22 Nov 2010
Redoine Faid blew up a prison during his last jailbreak in 2013 (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
This picture taken on July 1, 2018 in Gonesse, north of Paris shows police near a French helicopter Alouette II abandoned by French armed robber Redoine Faid after his escape from prison in Reau. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTGEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images
The helicopter was later abandoned following the successful jailbreak (Picture: Getty)
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 27, 2018 shows a court sketch showing French armed robber Redoine Faid during his trial at the Assise courthouse in Paris. Redoine Faid has escaped from prison in Reau on board of a helicopter on July 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Benoit PEYRUCQBENOIT PEYRUCQ/AFP/Getty Images
A police manhunt has since been launched across the entire Paris region – with the aircraft later found in Gonesse, north of Paris.

Incredibly, it’s not the first time Faid has been involved in a spectacular jailbreak.

In 2013, he used dynamite to blow his way out of a prison in northern France, and remained on the run for six weeks.

Faid, a notorious career thief, once managed to talk his way out of a 10-year sentence by convincing parole officials he was a changed man who regretted his past actions.

But in April, he was sentenced to 25 years for masterminding a May 2010 armed robbery that turned into a gunfight, killing a female police officer.

Faid said his life of crime was inspired by films such as Scarface, and has co-authored two books about his time in gangs in the suburbs of Paris.

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