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Spaniards divided over controversial Franco monument

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Seventy years ago, prisoner Nicolas Sanchez-Albornoz fled from the building site of a sprawling monument that now houses the remains of Spain's dictator Francisco Franco, in a daring escape later made into a film. Franco, who ruled Spain from 1939 to November 1975 when he died, is buried in the Valle de los Caidos just outside Madrid in an imposing basilica carved into a mountain-face, with a 150-metre (490-feet) high cross that can be seen kilometres away towering over it.