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Spain / Franco Death / Obituary #237782

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 1975
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(Studio) Ford expresses sorrow over death of General Francisco Franco, but doesn't praise him. Franco's opposition calls for changes.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Madrid, Spain) Crowd applauds Franco's body as hearse drives by. Family and friends pay respects today. To be buried Sunday in Valley of the Fallen. Many grateful to Franco for peace enjoyed since 1939. Juan Carlos will seek liberalization slowly to avoid chaos.

(Studio) Obituary report on Franco.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Spain) Franco brought to power by Spanish civil war. Film shows war scenes. 500,000 killed in conflict. Franco's Ntlists. supported by Hitler and Mussolini. On March 28, 1939, Franco led forces into Madrid. Supporters and critics called him the "Spanish Hitler." Hitler and Franco met in 1940. Spain neutral in World War II, though Italy and Germany supported Franco during civil war. After war, his anti-Communism brought Spain' close to US. Economic stability occurs. In 1969, Franco chose grandson of last king, Prince Juan Carlos de Bourbon, to take throne after Franco. In 1962, Walter Cronkite asked Franco about succession. [FRANCO - (translated) talks about succession and people who know what suits them.] Carlos shows leadership in dealing with Spanish Sahara and Basques. Post-Franco period began before Franco died.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C.;
Simon, Bob

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