The helicopter was later found abandoned in the town of Garges-les-Gonesse, in the northern suburbs of Paris.
This time he flew out of the prison in Reu, about 25 miles southeast of Paris in a helicopter.
It is believed that the heavily armed men, who had guns, were dressed in black and wore hoods, demanded the prisoner's release.
Faid, who has said he was inspired by U.S. films such as "Scarface" and "Heat", was serving 25 years in Reau prison for his part in a botched robbery of a cash-transport van near Paris in 2010, which he masterminded and in which a 26-year-old policewoman was killed.
In 2001, three armed robbers fled a prison in Draguignan, southern France, after an accomplice hijacked a helicopter from an airfield in nearby St Tropez.
The courtyard where the helicopter landed was the only area not protected by anti-aircraft netting. In 2013, he took four prison guards hostage, then used dynamite to blasted his way out, fleeing in a waiting getaway auto, only to be recaptured six weeks later. They had earlier taken a helicopter instructor hostage while he was waiting for a student, and ordered him to go to the prison.
The manhunt is ongoing and an interior ministry official told AFP that almost 3,000 French police were recruited for the search. After landing the helicopter, two men broke in the visitors' room using smoke bombs and angle-grinders.
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Faid is believed to have fled by auto along with his accomplices. Faid was talking with his brother at that time.
Although he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for these activities, he was released on parole after 10 years.
He was on the run for six weeks and had changed his appearance before police captured him in a hotel with an accomplice.
Redoine Faid, 46, who previously said his life of crime was inspired by films such as Scarface.
He was arrested in 1998 following a global manhunt that tracked him to Switzerland and Israel. In 2001, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for armed robbery. In 2009 Faid wrote a book about his experiences of growing up in Paris's crime-ridden suburbs and graduating into a life of law-breaking.
But he was suspected of masterminding an attempted armed robbery in 2010 that led to a high-speed chase and a shootout with police in which 26-year-old policewoman Aurelie Fouquet was killed.