1974.samaranch&Franco.circa

In the 1950s Samaranch entered politics via Barcelona city council, later joining Franco’s rubber-stamp Cortes, Spain’s upper house of parliament (pictured, 1974). In the last years of the dictatorship, Samaranch was appointed political chief of Catalonia, wearing fascist uniform and giving the right-arm salute until Franco’s death in 1975.

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