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Spain to exhume Franco's remains in June

AFP  |  Madrid 

will exhume the remains of late from its opulent and move them to a location outside in June, the government announced Friday.

The move has long been talked about by sympathisers of the left-leaning government but fiercely resisted by Franco's family and many on the right. It revives old tensions from Spain's civil war in the 1930s and the subsequent four decades of Franco's rule.

"The reburial of Franco's remains will take place in the morning of June 10," said.

She said the body will be taken to the Mingorrubio-El Pardo state pantheon, where Franco's wife is already buried.

Franco is currently buried in a huge hillside belonging to the in the Valley of the Fallen, where it draws visits from tourists and demonstrations by right-wing sympathisers.

The former conservative government resisted bids to exhume him but revived the effort after taking office last year.

His government gained the Vatican's approval for the exhumation.

rejected a proposal by Franco's family to relocate him to Madrid's main cathedral, fearing it would become a place of pilgrimage for sympathisers.

The National Foundation, which works to keep memory of the alive, has said it will appeal the move at the

"When you attack Franco, you attack my family, over half of Spain, the monarchy and the Church which protected him," Franco's great-grandson said in an interview published in in October.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 21:15 IST