The Hemisphere: Miguel's Travels

After retiring from office last December, ex-President Miguel Aleman wound up some of his more pressing personal affairs in Mexico City and went off to relax under the pleasure domes of Paris. As General Leon Osorio began shooting off charges back home that his administration had siphoned off about 7 billion pesos ($800 million) of public funds, some observers in Mexico City suggested that Aleman had retired to Europe for substantially the same reason his good friend Bill O'Dwyer had settled down in Mexico.

But at 50, the dashing former President was not quite ready to settle down. Last month, abandoning his...

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