Indonesia deports Frenchman who spent 18 years in jail for smuggling drugs into Bali

A Frenchman who served 18 years in custody for smuggling drugs into Bali was deported on Saturday in a case that sparked outrage in his native country over Indonesia’s tough narcotics laws.
Police arrested Michael Blanc on the day after Christmas in 1999 at the tropical island’s airport with 3.8kg of hashish hidden inside scuba diving canisters.
The now 45-year-old was originally given a life term – narrowly escaping the death sentence handed to some other foreign drug…