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The story goes that Franco on his deathbed in 1975 hears the noise of a crowd outside and asks what it is. And is told:

"The people of Spain have come to say goodbye"

Franco replies:

"Why? Are they going somewhere?"

According to various sources the other speaker is an aide1, his daughter2, his wife3 one of his ministers4, and his doctor5. Such carelessness in the details is often a sign that a story is apocryphal. Is it too good to be true?

1 http://www.theage.com.au/news/arts-reviews/luciano-pavarotti-farewell-concert/2005/10/22/1129776000913.html
2 http://everything2.com/title/Francisco+Franco
3 Christie File. Part 3, 1967-1975
4 Spanish Hours by Simon Courtauld and Elisabeth Luard (18 Jul 1996)
5 The Bulletin, Volume 97 J. Haynes and J.F. Archibald, 1975

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this gives another different version –  bhau Jul 25 '13 at 14:29
    
@bhau oh, that's a good addition –  Tea Drinker Jul 25 '13 at 14:32
    
@bhau: Your link is broken. –  Pieter Geerkens Jul 25 '13 at 22:40
    
@Pieter Geerkens: pawprints.kashalinka.com/anecdotes/franco.shtml –  bhau Jul 25 '13 at 23:41

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