The former Panamanian leader, Manuel Noriega, has been extradited to France by the United States after spending more than 20 years in a prison there.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a "surrender warrant" after all judicial challenges were resolved.
French officials later confirmed he was on board an Air France flight to Paris.
A court in France convicted Noriega in his absence in 1999 for laundering money through French banks, though it says he will be granted a new trial.
The 76-year-old had wanted to be sent back to Panama after finishing his 17-year jail sentence in 2007.
I was very surprised last weekend when Bill Maher announce that Dr. Jack Kevorkian was his guest for that night's show. My thought process was very much the same as when I saw this story. "He's not dead???" No, both are still alive, and Kevorkian, besides being free, is being played by Al Pacino in an HBO film.