A notorious gangster has escaped by helicopter from a prison in the Paris region, French authorities say.
Redoine Faid escaped after three heavily armed accomplices landed the helicopter in the prison courtyard.
Faid is a well-known criminal in France, where he was imprisoned for a series of robberies.
In 2009 he wrote a book about his experiences of growing up in Paris’s crime-ridden suburbs and graduating into a life of crime.
He claimed to have turned his back on crime, but he was involved in a failed 2010 robbery which killed a municipal police officer.
It was for this crime that Faid was serving a 25-year sentence at the Seine-et-Marne prison.
Faid has escaped from detention previously.
In 2013, he escaped less than half an hour after arriving at a prison in northern France, taking four guards hostage as human shields and destroying a number of doors.
Faid and his accomplices escaped from the prison courtyard – which was unprotected by a net – without injuring anyone, French news website Europe 1 reports.