Franco Smooths the Way for a Bourbon's Return

Friedenberg, Daniel M.
July 1955
New Republic;7/25/55, Vol. 133 Issue 4, p13
The article focuses on General Francisco Franco, who rules Spain more completely than Louis XIV ever ruled France, and who has had a life-long contempt for the principle of monarchy and especially the Bourbon line (ruling family in France), which so ineffectually governed Spain since the eighteenth century. Indeed, the feeling between Franco and the Count of Barcelona, son of Alfonso XIII, is so bitter that Alfonso XIII has been forced to live in exile since the end of the Spanish Civil War. But a change is coming in the political situation in Spain as Franco is courting a 17-year-old adolescent for the stability of his rule and now Franco has smoothed the way for Bourbon's return.


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