SPAIN: Dictator's Day

It was just 22 years since he took over as the Caudillo of Spain, and Francisco Franco, 65, is not the sort to let an anniversary pass unnoticed. Last week, at the "suggestion" of the government, Madrid's newspapers dutifully listed Franco's accomplishments (e.g., no fewer than 16 towns now bear the name Franco). "The moral qualities of Francisco Franco as a ruler," said Arriba, "are infinitely superior to those of Emperor Augustus, Charles V, and Napoleon." Such men as Franco, concluded the Catholic Ya, "are the instruments of the highest designs of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!