About the Author
Michèle Labrut first came to Panama as a press attaché to the French Embassy between 1965-68. When her stint with the French foreign service ended, much-travelled Michèle gave Panama her personal "most favoured nation" status and returned to the isthmus as a foreign correspondent. Her work has been published widely in prestigious journals all over the world and she is a respected member of the country's foreign press corps. In 1982, her book "Este es Omar Torrijos", a biography of Panama's former strongman and head of state was published. She has recently collaborated in making several documentaries for the BBC and European and U.S. television networks. Michèle's profession necessitates a profound knowledge of the country but her acumen is not from necessity alone, but a genuine passion for Panama.