One of France's most wanted gangsters narrowly avoids arrest

Gendarmerie services said Rédoine Faïd, 46, a convicted gangster who escaped jail for a second time in a hijacked helicopter on July 1st, was spotted in a car "observing a service station", but managed to avoid arrest after fleeing the scene and dumping his car in a shopping centre where it was found to contain explosives and false number plates.

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A French armed robber narrowly avoided capture more than three weeks after escaping from prison by helicopter, according to police, reports BBC News.