He is a fan of gangster films, which he credits with teaching him how to pull off raids. Hollywood movies, such as the Al Pacino thriller Scarface, inspired his lifestyle and some of his schemes. Faïd had been serving a 25-year sentence for masterminding a botched robbery in which a policewoman was killed in 2010. French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told Europe 1 radio: “We’re going to put him in a high-security facility where he will be watched extremely closely.”
Faid was arrested in 1998 for armed robbery and bank theft. In 2009 he was freed on parole but by 2011, he had breached his terms of release and was back behind bars. In 2013, he escaped from a prison near Lille, using explosives to blast his way through five prison doors. In 2017, Faïd was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for that jailbreak and in 2018 was given a heavier sentence of 25 years. His fame has increased since then following appearances in several television shows and authoring books recounting his past and rise as a criminal in Paris’ tough suburbs. In 2009 he wrote a book, „Robber – From the Projects to Organized Crime” and claimed to have given up a life of crime. Rédoine Faïd has a dedicated article at Wikipedia.