Franco feared Hitler wanted to kidnap him, says daughter

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The daughter of General Franco has revealed that her father feared being kidnapped by Adolf Hitler in an effort to force Spain into the Second World War.

Carmen Franco Polo, 82, said her father nominated three substitutes to assume power should the Nazi leader abduct him when they met at a conference in 1940.

Ms Polo spoke publicly for the first time about life with El Caudillo in her book, Franco, My Father, which is published today in Spain.

The sole descendant of the man who ruled Spain for nearly 40 years also claims that her father ordered troop reinforcements to the coast at the end of the Second World War because he believed that the Allies would invade his country.

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