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France’s notorious thief flees jail by helicopter

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- It is the second jailbreak staged by Redoine Faid who in 2013 blasted his way out of a French prison using dynamite AFP

PARIS (AFP) – A notorious career thief, Redoine Faid, pulled off a daring jailbreak yesterday, fleeing a prison in the Paris area by helicopter, officials said.

Mr Faid, 46, broke out of the prison in Reau in the city’s southeastern suburbs within minutes, helped by a number of heavily-armed men.

He fled 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 was the second time Mr Faid has pulled off a spectacular jailbreak. In 2013, he blasted his way out of a prison in northern France using dynamite before being recaptured six weeks later.

An appeals court sentenced Mr Faid to 25 years in April for masterminding a May 2010 armed robbery that killed a policewoman.

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