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Family of Franco to hand over historic house 'for time being'

The property is in A Coruña province and Franco's relatives have paid to maintain it for decades..
The property is in A Coruña province and Franco's relatives have paid to maintain it for decades.. / EP
  • A court sentence recently said that the historic house really belonged to the government. The grandchildren have always argued that it was a personal gift

The grandchildren of late dictator General Franco have agreed to "provisionally" hand over to the State the running of a country mansion in Galicia which they inherited. The Pazo de Meirás estate was a favourite home of Franco but its ownership is highly controversial. The family says Franco legally acquired it in 1941.

A court sentence recently said that the historic house really belonged to the government. The grandchildren have always argued that it was a gift to Franco as a private individual and not in his role as Head of State. They are appealing the ruling.