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Franco, Francisco British & World English

(1892–1975), Spanish general and dictator, head of state 1939–75. Leader of the Nationalists in the Civil War, in 1937 Franco became head of the Falange Party and proclaimed himself Caudillo (‘leader’) of Spain. With the defeat of the republic in 1939, he took control of the government and established a dictatorship that ruled Spain until his death

Zeffirelli, Franco British & World English

(B.1923), Italian film and theatre director; born Gianfranco Corsi. His operatic productions are noted for the opulence of their sets and costumes. Notable films: Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)

Franco-Prussian War British & World English

The war of 1870-1 between France (under Napoleon III) and Prussia, in which Prussian troops advanced into France and decisively defeated the French at Sedan. The defeat marked the end of the French Second Empire. For Prussia, the proclamation of the new German Empire at Versailles was the climax of Bismarck’s ambitions to unite Germany