Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
Balfour Beatty and Carillion are in merger talks that could create a £3bn blue-chip construction giant.
Royal Bank of Scotland says it expects pre-tax profits of £2.65bn for the first half of the year and said it had to put aside less provisions for fines and compensation than expected.
UK bank will be the seventh financial institution to be fined as a result of investigations into the scandal over benchmark manipulation
A media guide handed to journalists at last night's spectacular opening ceremony told journalists the Red Arrows would only use blue and white smoke - recreating the Scottish saltire.