A radicalized Frenchman has gone on the run after being granted a brief leave of absence from a prison in the suburbs of Paris. He reportedly told inmates they would "soon be hearing about him".

The man, who was serving time for armed and violent robbery, was granted temporary leave of absence from the Chauconin-Meaux prison in Seine-et-Marne, east of Paris.

Authorities were confident that the man would return on time, just as he had done several times before.

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