Franco family in legal row over dictator's castle

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he family of Spain's late dictator Francisco Franco have refused to allow regional government inspectors to examine the state of his former summer castle, local authorities said Friday.

The historical Pazo de Meiras castle, built in 1893 in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, was given to the dictator -- who died in 1975 -- by his own regime in 1938.

It currently belongs to his daughter, Carmen Franco Polo, 80, but since 1991 it has been included on a list of Galicia's cultural heritage site, giving regional authorities the legal right to look after the property.

The government of Galicia now wants to classify the property as a "regional cultural asset", requiring the Franco family to grant minimum public access to the castle and its six hectares (15 acres) of land.

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