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.
The chief executive of Halfords has launched a stinging attack on the state of its retail business and admitted profits will fall over the next two years as it invests £100m to turn around its performance.
Shares in Japan have fallen again, adding to the global sell-off in shares seen on Thursday.
Procter & Gamble’s embattled chief executive Bob McDonald is stepping down and will be replaced by his predecessor A.G. Lafley after a period of weak performance
MI5 had been monitoring the two fanatics responsible for the slaughter of Drummer Lee Rigby (pictured with his wife Rebecca at their wedding in 2007) in Woolwich, south-east London.