Franco dined like a king as Spain starved

Spanish dictator General Franco enjoyed lavish three course meals despite severe food shortages in the months after the country's civil war.

As Spaniards struggled to survive on daily rations of potatoes and beans in the months following the 1936-1939 conflict, he dined on stuffed hake and medallions of veal.

The collection of menus were discovered among papers belonging to a former Civil Guard officer, Carlos Palacios Miguel, who in the autumn of 1936 when Franco led his military uprising against Spain's Second Republic was appointed as the Generalissimo's personal stenographer.

He remained close to Franco's side throughout the ensuing conflict and became a member of dictator's household staff at El Pardo, according to a weekend report in the national newspaper Publico.

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