French prisoner escapes during mountain outing

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A French prisoner went walkabout in the Pyrenees mountains in southwest France, escaping during an outing organised for a group of inmates, local police said Saturday.

The man, who had been convicted for a string of thefts and was not considered dangerous, slipped off during the outing on Friday, said an officer at the gendarmerie in Pau.

A large force of paramilitary gendarmes were still looking for him late Saturday. The escaped prisoner was in any case near the end of his sentence.

© 2010 AFP

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