After seven years on the run, he was located and arrested on 20 February, 1988 at Boucau. He was sentenced twice to imprisonment for life. once for the murders of two CRS in 1982 (he has always denied involvement in the shooting), and for the murder of constable Roger Buschman in Biscarrosse on 25 August 1987.
Since his release from prison, Philippe Bidart is a member of the Basque party Batasuna Abertzaleen. In 2010, he returned to his native village where he worked as an accountant in the company of his brother.