Later, the helicopter was found dumped in a suburb after the criminals burned it just northeast of Paris.
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.
Faid was sentenced to 25 years for his role as the suspected mastermind of an attempted armed robbery that led to the 2010 death of 26-year-old policewoman Aurelie Fouquet, who was killed in a shootout, according to the Associated Press.
A notorious gangster escaped a French jail in minutes when three heavily-armed accomplices flew a helicopter into the prison courtyard.
A notorious French criminal is on the run after pulling off a brazen escape in a helicopter from a prison near Paris.
The courtyard that they landed the helicopter in is the only one in Réau that doesn't have helicopter nets on it. Helicopter escapes from prisons in France were relatively common up until the late 2000s.
In 2013, he took four prison guards hostage before using dynamite to blow his way out of jail and fleeing in a waiting getaway vehicle.
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French prosecutors have opened an investigation but it's not the first time that Faid, 46, has gone on the lam.
Belloubet said Faid was in a room visiting with his brother, Brahim, when the commandos burst in, grabbed Faid and hustled him to the waiting whirlybird. Faid and his accomplices are believed to have ditched the airplane and escaped by vehicle. Early on Sunday afternoon, police sources told news channel France 3 that he had switched vehicles and was now in a white van. In 2013, he managed to escape a prison in Lille, France.
He fled with three accomplices, according to the sources. In it, he claimed to have been inspired by the USA gangster film "Scarface", the Telegraph wrote, but said his life of crime was behind him.
That same year, he wrote a book describing growing up in Paris's notoriously crime-ridden suburbs and starting his life of delinquency.
He was re-arrested six weeks later.
He had been released on parole in 2009, after spending 10 years behind bars for a series of robberies. In 2001, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for armed robbery.