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 return of Dominique Strauss-Kahn to finance has come under renewed scrutiny after it emerged his late business partner Thierry Leyne had been embroiled in a dispute with a Swiss investor before his death in an apparent suicide last week.
British banks may have to hold more funds to guard against the risk of a future economic downturn, the Bank of England has proposed.
Journey to Europe looks set to become still more perilous
The secret of how criminals are using easy-to-buy electronic scanners to steal some of Britain’s most popular executive cars is to be revealed.