In that escape, Faid used explosives smuggled in to him to blast through five prison doors, took four guards hostage and used them as human shields while making his way to a getaway auto and fleeing.
"An armed commando group landed in the courtyard of the Sud-Francilien prison in Réau while he was in the visitors' room", the authority said.
Redoine Faid's escape spurred a massive manhunt across greater Paris.
Investigators trasnport an Alouette II helicopter allegedly abandoned by French prisoner Redoine Faid and suspected accomplices after his escape from the prison of Reau.
The 46-year-old Faid was serving time for the 2010 death of a young police officer killed during a botched robbery.
Faid has been behind bars since mid-2011 for breaking the terms of his parole over past convictions for bank robberies and brazen heists of cash-in-transit vehicles.
The commandos used smoke canisters to hide from video cameras, and the helicopter touched down in the only part of the complex that was not covered by anti-helicopter netting, said another union member, Loic Delbroc. Police believe Faid was transferred to a waiting getaway vehicle, which was also found ditched.
The helicopter was found burned later Sunday, in the town of Garges-les-Gonesse, located in the northern suburbs of Paris about 37 miles from the prison.
Police nicknamed him "The Author" for two books he co-wrote about his delinquent youth.
The helicopter used in the prison escape was found in a northeast suburb of Paris.
The helicopter then flew to the nearby Bourget area.
He is one of country's most famous gangsters with a long career as a thief which he has said was inspired by Hollywood blockbuster movies such as Scarface and Heat.
He was re-apprehended six weeks later at a Paris hotel and in 2017, he was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for that first jailbreak.