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Lopez Obrador Likely To Be Mexico's Next President; Lopez Obrador Has Criticized Donald Trump; Russia Oust Spain With 4-3 Win On Penalties; Bolton: Pyongyang Could Dismantle Arsenal In One Year; Trump Administration Faces Deadline To Reunite Families; Thousands Protest Immigration Policy Across U.S.; Canada Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs On U.S. Goods. Aired 12-1a ET

Aired July 2, 2018 - 00:00   ET

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ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Mexico has up-ended its political establishment with the apparent winner of its presidential election. We are live in Mexico with the latest details.

Plus, Russia books space in the World Cup quarterfinals. We will have more on their personality shootout win in a live report.

Canada is punching back on U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs with penalties of its own. The industries they're targeting just ahead.

Hello, everyone. Thanks for joining us. I'm Rosemary Church here in Atlanta. CNN NEWSROOM starts right now.

We now know who will see Mexico through the next six turbulent years. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will likely be the country's next president after his three main rivals conceded defeat in Sunday's election.

Preliminary results confirmed the victory, but official results are expected in the coming hours. Now the populist left leaning candidate ran on an anti-corruption platform. The new president will face a number of challenges including widespread crime and violence when he takes office in December.

This is one of Mexico's biggest elections ever. In addition to the president, voters cast ballots on more than 18,000 posts up for grabs around the country.

And our Patrick Oppman is standing by in Mexico City's largest square, where Lopez Obrador is due to give his final speech tonight. So, Patrick, the official announcement has not yet been made, but of course, the outcome pretty soon. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be Mexico's next president. How is the country reacting to that news?

PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You can see the mood here is very celebratory, very loud. People are very excited. History has been made here. They would never have thought -- Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's supporters never thought this day would come. He has the won the president now three times.

He spent over decade now trying to become president of this country and bring revolution to Mexico. He has been thwarted down nearly every step of the way. There have been accusations of fraud over the years.

(Inaudible) becoming president even though the polls have said weeks ago that he was far, far ahead. They did not believe (inaudible). Some changed at the last minute, some dealings, ploys that would have kept him once again from becoming president. Here we are in the largest square in the city. People celebrating (inaudible) --

CHURCH: Patrick Oppmann, I'm afraid we're having some audio issues there. We'll have to leave Patrick for the time being. We will, of course, get back to him a little later.

Juan Carlos Hidalgo joins me now from Washington. He is a policy analyst on Latin America for the Cato Institute. Good to have you with us. Now according to exit polls, it appears, Mexico has elected left-leaning populist, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, to be the next president of that nation. What does it mean for the country and its political order?

JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO, LATIN AMERICA POLICY ANALYST, CATO INSTITUTE: A drastic change, that's what Mexicans were looking for after six years of high level corruption and violence. They wanted something new, even those they weren't that convinced about the candidacy of Lopez Obrador, his promises, they needed to part ways with the traditional parties, with the establishment.

What lies ahead for Mexico is anybody's guess. Lopez Obrador wasn't very specific about his proposals. He claims that many of Mexico problems would solve by themselves just by electing him as president and by the way of virtue of his candidacy, about supposedly correctness in public office.

But when it comes to many of the problems that Mexico has on the economy in the fight against drugs, it's anybody's guess what he's going to do.

CHURCH: Now Obrador is anti-Trump. He's even written a book about that. But he is seen as very similar to the U.S. president. How might they go when they have a faceoff over issues such as border security including, of course, the border wall and who pays for it?

HIDALGO: Common sense will dictate they will not get along. Both are nationalist and there are many points of conflict between both countries, migration, the flow of drugs and NAFTA, NAFTA negotiations.

[00:05:05] However, there is a small possibility that Trump will see in Lopez Obrador a soulmate, somebody who challenged the establishment in his own country, who is pursuing an agenda of putting his country first and thus there is a small chance they might get along.

However, Donald Trump is very unpopular in Mexico, and Lopez Obrador has stated that he is not going to let Trump to push him around. So, I think it's more likely that we will see the return of a completely hostile relationship between Mexico and the United States, like the ones we had several decades ago.

CHURCH: Now, what could this mean for crime, gang violence and corruption in Mexico? What other challenges will the president face beyond those huge issues in themselves?

HIDALGO: Obviously, one of the biggest problems Mexico is facing, just in May I was there, and 90 people were dying per day. In 2018 is headed to be the worst in decades when it comes to the number of homicides.

Again, Lopez Obrador wasn't very specific about what he would do. He talked about an amnesty for drug dealers. He talked about (inaudible) to hold, to chair a committee to look for solutions how to deal with drug violence.

Again, this is pretty much like some contradicting without much specifics. The drug problem in Mexico hasn't been tackled effectively in the last 12 years, and none of the cabinets, none of the cabinets have complete proposals on how to deal with the levels of violence beseeching Mexico right now.

CHURCH: We shall see what changes come to Mexico with this new leadership. So, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, thank you so much for bringing us your analysis. We appreciate it.

HIDALGO: My pleasure.

CHURCH: Another day at the World Cup and another stunning upset. Russia bids adios to Spain on Sunday, with a 4-3 win on penalties. The Russians were the lowest ranked going into this tournament and headed to the quarterfinals.

The home team are now set to face Croatia on Saturday. Croatia won their own penalty shootout against Denmark. For more on the knock-out stage, I'm joined by CNN's Patrick Snell. I'm still coming to terms on this. How did they do this? They were ranked 7th here.

PATRICK SNELL, CNN WORLD SPORT: Yes, and they went into the tournament without a win in seven games. I will say this, the Russian President Vladimir Putin was mildly critical, shall we say, of the team, going into the tournament and back in 2016 as well and let's say the players have responded in a big way.

And they're through to the quarterfinals, quite extraordinary stuff. Heartbreak for Spain. They really did not see this coming. Let's recap the key moments. Talk about pride of the Russian nation.

But I'll tell you what, they had a really poor start when Sergey (inaudible) actually put through his own goal. At that point, we thought they would go to a comfortable victory, but that team spirit they have is quite incredible.

(Inaudible) with the header. What was P.K.'s arm doing up there, a penalty and rolling it home to level. Spain had more than a thousand completed passes in this game. A shot there, superbly saved by Igo (inaudible), who would be the hero of this game.

The Russian keeper in the penalty shootout that followed first denying Koke and those Russian fans couldn't believe it, couldn't even bear to watch. It's the keeper again. Dives to his right, his trailing left leg keeping it out.

Look what it means to the Russian players. Spain absolutely devastated and the celebrations afterwards in Russia. I think they are taking it all in. They are still in shock at what they witnessed.

They're now, would you believe two games away from potentially making the final. No one gave them a chance of even getting out of the group stages, Rosemary, and they have done just that.

They will, as you just mentioned, they will face Croatia next for a place in the semifinals. Croatians with another thriller of a game against the Danes. The penalty shooter, all about the penalty shooter, it would seem on Sunday. That means heartbreak for the team on the wrong end of it.

[00:10:02] But I'll tell you what, the Danes actually had a superb scoring barely a minute on the clock and then 3 minutes later, (inaudible), making it 1-1. It wasn't to be. Went to extra time and who would we get another penalty shootout and once again the tale of the keeper. They actually save three penalties in total.

The Barcelona man rolling home a really important penalty and the Croatians are through. Wonderful stuff for them but heartbreak for the Danes. Let's look ahead later on today, at the World Cup. If there's more drama like that to come, we will be out of breath.

Brazil dare not underestimate Mexico, the reigning five champions taking on Mexico and we have Belgium and Japan as well going head-to- head. Japan the 2002 co-host, Asia's sole representative left in the tournament -- Rosemary.

CHURCH: All right. Nice to have you here. More shocking sports news. What about the stunning move Lebron James going to the L.A. Lakers.

SNELL: He is the biggest name in basketball. We can tell you he has decided he's going west. Lebron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, heading to California. What can we tell you? What do we know?

He agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers, according to his agency, I want to make it clear. Earlier in the year the 33-year-old saying he was aging like a fine wine. I tell you what, with a hefty $154 million contract reportedly on the table, they will be expecting vintage performances from him out there in Southern California. Big news there from the world of basketball.

CHURCH: That's a bold wine, that one. All right. Thank you so much, Patrick. See you again next hour. Thanks so much.

Canada fires back in the escalating trade war. Coming up, a look at the new tariffs that are now in effect on dozens of U.S. products. Back in a moment.

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CHURCH: Canada is firing the latest round in the escalating trade disputes with the United States. Canada imposed retaliatory tariffs on Sunday on U.S. exports worth about $12.5 billion.

There is a 25 percent tariff on more than 40 U.S. steel products and 10 percent tariff on over 80 other U.S. items, including maple syrup, coffee beans and ketchup. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the U.S. has to be held to account for its tariffs and Canadians will not be pushed around.

President Trump's national security advisers says he believes North Korea could dismantle its nuclear arsenal in a year if Pyongyang cooperates. At last month's summit, North Korea pledged to work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

However, no specifics or timelines were included in the joint statement signed by Kim Jong-un and Mr. Trump. U.S. national security advisor, John Bolton, says Pyongyang's actions will speak for themselves.

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JOHN BOLTON, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: We have developed a program I'm sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year.

If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and are cooperative, we can move very quickly. It's to North Korea's advantage to see these programs dismantled very quickly, because then the elimination of sanctions and aid by South Korea, Japan, and others can all begin to flow.

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CHURCH: Bolton refused to comment on a "Washington Post" report that U.S. intelligence officials believe Pyongyang does not intend to give up its arsenal and is considering ways to hide its weapons.

The clock is running down to a court-imposed deadline for the U.S. government to reunite thousands of migrant families separated at the border. Late last month in this face of huge public outcry, President Trump issued an executive order to keep undocumented immigrant families together.

But the fate of children already taken from their parents is still in limbo. Dianne Gallagher has the latest.

DIANNE GALLAGHER, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: How many children who were separated from their parents at the border because of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy remain in government custody, we don't know, and that's because we have not received any specific information on numbers of those children since Tuesday. On Tuesday, it was 2,047, but since then, we have essentially received zero information on those particular kids from HHS. What we did get on Tuesday was an order from a judge that all reunifications needed to happen within 30 days and if those children were 5 and under, it needed to happen within 14 days.

So, almost a weekend now, we don't have any updates on just how those reunifications are going at least from the government. Now there were protests across the country this weekend that were demanding a quick reunification process. They want the kids to be with their families.

And even here in the McAllen area, they had a smaller protest. The clergy members in Texas are demanding that the government act morally. The archbishop of San Antonio, a man with quite a bit of influence in power, the Catholic Church is the cornerstone on both sides of the border in communities here, he had a lot to say about the president's policy and what it really means to follow the law.

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ARCHBISHOP GUSTAVO GARCIA-SILLER, ACHDIOCESE OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Yes, immoral is evil and it's a sin to treat families that way. That is no matter who is doing it, who is doing it. If it is from the top down, if it a person right there and then to cooperate with evil, they are lost.

[00:20:12] A country of laws is for a good thing but not every law we have is good. There are also bad laws.

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GALLAGHER: Now I've spoken with HHS representative at length over the past few weeks, and they tell me that they know where every child is, they're easy to track and they're doing due diligence. They're trying to do background checks and they can do these reunifications a lot easier than many people believe.

I've also talked to parents and advocates and attorneys and they tell quite a different story saying that it is convoluted and confusing and they are not getting answers when asked for and more importantly they are not getting access to their children.

Again, we're not getting a lot of information from HHS. So, it's really hard to fact check anything right now. Dianne Gallagher, McAllen, Texas.

CHURCH: Joining me now is CNN U.S. security analyst, Samantha Vinograd, and CNN political analyst, Ron Brownstein. Thank you both of you for being here. Appreciate it. Ron, let's go to you first.

Over the weekend we saw some extraordinary support for immigrants, protests across the country, Americans voicing their distaste for the way children have been separated from their parents and the time it has taken to reunite them with their families. What impact might this have on President Trump politically and is he listening? Does he even care? RON BROWNSTEIN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: That's a great question. You saw where these protests were predominantly, in major cities, and it is a reflection of what I believe is the fundamental fault line now in American politics, which in the regions in the country most affected by all of the big changes shaping our society, demographic, cultural, immigration, economic, and those that are not.

You know, today, 85 percent of the House Republicans are in districts where there are fewer immigrants than the national average, 60 percent of that Democrats are in districts where there are more immigrants than the national average.

You are seeing the same pattern at the Senate level and at the presidential level, and what this is going to mean in all likelihood is that in the places where Trump is strong, small town rural America, this isn't really a big threat to Republicans.

But there are still about three dozen House Republicans in diverse inner suburbs, and that, I think, is where the threat is most acute for Republicans in the midterm election and this kind of issue particularly with women where Republicans are already facing a larger gender gap than usual, I think could compound the problems that Trump has already created with Republicans and white- collar suburbs around America.

CHURCH: Interesting. Samantha Vinograd, President Trump bowed to public pressure by signing an executive order to stop the separation of children from their families at the border. That didn't help the more than 2,000 children already separate and appears to have worsened the situation.

Now the Democrats are calling for abolition of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and this is how Mr. Trump responded in a tweet, if I can read that, "The liberal left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job and want open borders. Crime would be rampant and uncontrollable."

So, Samantha, how likely is it that anything would come of this call to abolish ICE and what would that accomplish anyhow?

SAMANTHA VINOGRAD, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: (Inaudible) such an obvious destruction tactic by the president. Let's separate the different problems that we're facing. The president by his own authority made a decision to separate children from families at the border. That was not ICE decision. ICE may have been involved or was involved in some of the implementation, but that was President Trump's decision.

And I think part of the reason why we now hear him trying to galvanize against ICE is exactly what Ron just mentioned, which is that this child abuse issue at our border is (inaudible) a lot of Americans and President Trump will shift the blame from what happened from himself and his decision onto somebody else.

We can talk about whether this very focused U.S. agency needs to be streamlined, whether it needs to evolve. The real issue now is figuring out how to reunite these children with their parents. We have situations where the parents have been deported and they're still in the United States.

I would hope to see from this president is stopping this shifting of blame and focusing instead on the immediate reunification his executive order does not do and figuring out as well how do you redirect strategic drivers of illegal immigration.

CHURCH: Let's talk tariffs now. That's another hot issue in this country and Canada has retaliated slapping its own tariffs on U.S. exports worth $12.5 billion in response to the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. So, Ron, where is this all going? How bad would you expect things to get with this looming trade war?

BROWNSTEIN: Well, I think this is the point probably of most strain that the Trump agenda poses on the Republican coalition. Because of the reasons we talked about a moment ago, the Republican coalition is centered on blue collar non-urban older white who tend to be pretty protectionist.

The leadership of the party, members of Congress, the key groups, business groups, they are more uneasy than what Trump is doing on trade than any other subject bar none. In particular, one that jumped out at me, foreign ones that will be the loser. Soybean farmers, a key constituency in a lot of the Midwest states.

So, I think you have -- the Trump believes that he is turning the tourniquet on our trading partners, but the tourniquet is tightening within on his own coalition as well. As we get closer to the election, you will see more Republicans particularly from rural and agricultural areas getting louder and louder in their complaints about the trajectory this is on.

CHURCH: Samantha, a looming trade war with U.S. allies and foes. In the mist of this, an upcoming Trump-Putin summit, what are the optics here? What do you think Donald Trump is trying to achieve on both fronts with this trade war just hanging out there and having an impact on markets across the globe, and then the image of him when he eventually meets with Vladimir Putin, smiling, shaking his hand?

VINOGRAD: Well, it's actually interesting, because this trade war which was a self-inflicted wound by this president much like the child separation at the border we just described is actually bringing enemies and friends closer together.

Vladimir Putin just a few weeks ago was sitting with President Macron and other European leaders talking about the fact that the United States is exploiting the global trading system and breaking the rules. How ironic is that?

We have a country that meddles in elections all over the world now speaking with our friends about the bad things that we're doing. In this case, he happens to be right because President Trump said aluminum tariffs are for national security reasons. He has thrown a label on this to try to get away with it. And so, going into this meeting with Vladimir Putin, I think he wants a positive meeting just like Kim Jong-un. But the optics are not good particularly because he had a meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore and we have new information that the North Koreans have not frozen their nuclear programs.

They're actually enhancing it. They are enhancing their production and missile development. If you're Vladimir Putin and going into this meeting, you are probably thinking that you can probably manipulate President Trump because he's so thirsty for a win at the summit in Finland.

CHURCH: Samantha Vinograd and Ron Brownstein, thank you so much to both of you for joining us. Appreciate it.

Coming up, looking for life in the darkness, why Thai rescuers think a missing youth football team could still be alive. We will have that for you in just a moment.

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ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Hello, welcome back to CNN Newsroom, I'm Rosemary Church. Time to check the headlines for you this hour, it appears left-wing candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will be the next President of Mexico. The first official results are now coming in after his three top rivals conceded defeat in all voters' cast ballots on more than 18,000 posts in Sunday's election.

Russia, headed to the quarterfinals of the World Cup after a stunning victory against Spain. The home team knocked Spain out, winning 4-3 on 10 of these on a shootout. Russia announced set to play Croatia, which also advanced on Sunday, by beating Denmark, 3-2 on penalties.

Seventy-five people were killed this weekend because of heavy fighting in Daraa, Syria. That is according to a local opposition group, CNN cannot independently verify the number. Daraa has been under government bombardment for weeks.

While the eyes of the world remain on a cave, in Northern Thailand, that is where rescuers refused to give up their search for 12 boys and their football coach, it's believed the team became trapped in the flood of cave, nine days ago. Thai officials say divers are slowly pushing through the water, trying to reach a spot where the group may have taken shelter.

More than a thousand people are involved in the rescue effort. A Chinese team is sending in underwater robots to help their search. Personnel from Australia, the U.S., and the U.K. are also pitching in.

And for the very latest now, CNN's Anna Coren, joins me live from Hong Kong. So, Anna, as we've reported, these rescue teams refusing to give up. They seemed to think these young boys and their coach are still alive after nine days in those caves. What is the latest information you have on the effort to find them? ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Rosemary, if these 12 boys and their coach are still alive, this point in the operation is absolutely critical. That is what the Governor of Chiang Rai told the media a few hours ago. Now, the reason I say that is because it has entered its ninth day. The navy seal divers who have set up a mini command center within the cave, at the third chamber, if we can perhaps bring up a map.

They are -- have may be way to a critical and a strategic point, a place called the T junction. And from the T junction, they think it's another one to two kilometers to reach Pattaya Beach, Pattaya Beach being another chamber. It's expected to be dry, elevated, quite spacious, and if the boys are alive, they believe that they may have sought refuge at this point.

[00:34:54] Now, one to two kilometers may not sound like a very far distance but within this labyrinth, within this cave system, it is extremely, extremely difficult. They've said that covering the next one to two kilometers, they are facing these torrents of flood water, that is just continually gushing and despite their efforts to pump it out. It is still -- it is still just flowing. It is also very narrow, Rosemary, it can only fit and in some part, one person at a time.

So, covering this area is going to be extremely difficult, and that is what the navy seals chief told our producer, Kocha Olarn, earlier today that this point of the operation is the most difficult. Now, that is underground through the cave system. Above ground, Rosemary, they are still looking for these chimneys, these access points.

They've narrowed down on six chimneys, six access points, and so far, they've only been using steel rods to see how far they can get down. Some areas have managed it to repel down, but they've keep these dead ends. They have transported heavy equipment, like excavators, diggers, up to that hillside, on top of the cave system, late last -- late yesterday afternoon, I should say, and we don't yet know whether that drilling operation has begun.

But, obviously Rosemary, they are working every aspect of this operation to try and access this cave. We should point out that the food and water that has been dropped so far, not of that has been at Pattaya Beach, this one spot, this one chamber, where they think this football team could be. But obviously, this is the ninth day now, of this operation, and the clock is ticking.

CHURCH: It is harrowing and distressing to think what the parents are going through, what these rescuers are going through, the boys, and the cave, and their coach, it is a shocking story and we'll continue to cover it and hopefully this will be a happy ending. Our Anna Coren joining us from Hong Kong, thank you so much.

Now, the other part of the story, of course, is the weather conditions. And now Ivan Cabrera joins us, our meteorologist. And, there was a break in the rain, there was a break in not the flooding, unfortunately, as we heard from Anna that continues, that's problematic. What's the future for the -- IVAN CABRERA, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR AND METEOROLOGIST: The best, really, we can hope for at this point is a bit of a break. These are in the rainy season now, so it's not going to be sunny and dry for two, three four days, that's not going to happen. So, let's talk about what will, over the next couple of days, Rosemary. We are in these southwest monsoon, I mean, there's a no way to, really, break this down to you except that it is going to be heavy rain, day in and day out.

We are seeing a bit of a break right now as we fly in a little bit closer here. Where these cells develop, right, these huge thunderstorm complex is here, very difficult to forecast, but when they do develop, they can have the potential to put down incredible amounts of rain because we are talking about tropical moisture. I want to widen out here because my concern would be the South China Sea. We are in typhoon season, right?

So, this is an area that is hot for development and if we got a tropical system that pushes in, then we'd really get ourselves into trouble. That is not going to happen in the next or few days as I see it. So, what we're dealing with is, those diurnal showers and thunderstorms that are difficult for this time of year with all that moisture. So you can see the forecast there continues on our model to show that and over the next few days. It's really, there's not going to be much of a change.

We'll continue to see temps in the 30s and the showers and thunderstorms. I think, ironically, what got the boys in trouble here, is perhaps what's keeping them alive, is that they could probably have access to water, deep in those caves. So, we're hoping for that, because the human body can certainly go without food for a long time, but not without water.

CHURCH: No, absolutely. Yes, we're just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping. Thank you so much, Ivan, appreciate it. Well, a manhunt is underway in France, after a notorious gangster escapes prison for the second time in daring fashion. We'll explain when we come back.

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[00:41:09] CHURCH: A notorious French gangster is on the run, again, after a daring prison escape on a hijacked helicopter. His crimes sound like a plot straight from Hollywood. And there's good reason for that, as Ana Cabrera reports.

ANA CABRERA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A stunning jail break reportedly filmed from behind bars. CNN cannot independently verify this video but these shaky images appear to show the moments gunmen arrived to free this man, Redoine Faid, France's most notorious gangster. His accomplices hijacked a helicopter and forced the pilot to fly to a prison near Paris. There, they staged a diversion, then smuggled the 46-year old out of a visiting room before fleeing by air.

Police later found the burned out chopper in an area northwest of Paris. The pilot was released, unharmed. The fugitive and his men were nowhere to be found. Sunday's spectacular escape is shockingly not the first for this criminal mastermind. In 2013, Faid held four guards at gunpoint at a detention center in the northern city of Ville then, bursts his way into freedom, detonating explosives to destroy five fortified doors. A witness described the dramatic scene.

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WITNESS (through translator): I first saw a prison guard walk by, followed by someone dressed in civilian clothes. He was holding a gun to the guard's head. So, I got a little scared and I hid in the room.

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CABRERA: At the time, Faid's lawyer said he was not surprised his client broke out.

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JEAN-LOUIS PELLETIER, LAWYER OF REDOINE FAID (through translator): He is also a young man, remarkably intelligent and he is using his intellect to serve his ambitions and I think he has so many years in prison behind him, that he thought it was one too many.

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CABRERA: The French man is a self-styled modern day gangster, often taking inspiration, he says, from Hollywood movies. He once wore a hockey mask during a heist, like Robert De Niro's character in Heat, and blazingly attacked armoured trucks and other targets. But for those who suffered his provato, he is a real-life felon.

The parents of a French policewoman, killed, in one of Faid's robbery attempts, were devastated by the news. CNN affiliate, BFM, reported, now, once again, free, and once again, the subject of an international manhunt. His victims must wait for justice. Ana Cabrera, CNN, New York.

CHURCH: And thanks for your company this hour. I'm Rosemary Church. World Sport with Patrick Snell, is up next. And I'll be back at the top of the hour with more news from all around the world. You're watching CNN.

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