Francisco Franco facts
|Head of the Spanish State|
1 April 1939 – 20 November 1975
|Preceded by||Manuel Azaña (as President)|
|Succeeded by||Juan Carlos I (as King)|
|68th Head of the Spanish Government|
30 January 1938 – 8 June 1973
|Preceded by||Juan Negrín|
|Succeeded by||Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco|
4 December 1892|
Ferrol, Galicia, Spain
|Died||20 November 1975
|Political party||None, Phalangist/Carlist|
|Profession||Chief of the General Staff, Spanish Army|
Francisco Franco (Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco y Bahamonde Salgado Pardo de Andrade, 20 December 1892 – 20 November 1975) was a Spanish military leader who ruled as dictator of Spain from 1939 until his death.
He was a leader of a coup d'état against the Spanish Second Republic in 1936. After this uprising the Spanish Civil War started. Franco was supported by fascists, big businesses, the church, conservative people and Spanish nationalists. This was because the Spanish Republic had a socialist government that wanted to make businesses and the church less powerful. The Republic also set up local parliaments in the regions of Spain. Spanish nationalists thought this was wrong and would make Spain weak. Franco remained neutral during World War II as Hitler did not accept his conditions for Spain to take part in it with the fascist and nazi regimes. He let a group of volunteer soldiers join the German Army to fight the Russians between 1941 and 1943. They were called the División Azul (Blue Division)
Franco died in Madrid on November 20, 1975, just after midnight. Relatives had asked doctors to remove his life support systems. After Franco's death, Juan Carlos became king.
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