Noriega arrives in a car at Orly airport in Paris
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Manuel Noriega flown back to Panama from France

Panama's jailed ex-ruler Manuel Noriega has begun his return to his homeland following extradition from France.

His flight took off from Paris' Orly airport heading for Madrid from where he will board a plane to Panama, French news agency AFP reports.

Last month, a French court approved a request from Panama to send him back home to be jailed over his convictions for murder, corruption and embezzlement.

Bethan Howe reports.