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.
A number of retailers experienced technical difficulties this morning as shoppers rushed online to get a Black Friday bargain.
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BT has said it will launch consumer mobile phones next year. It had been widely speculated that the group would buy another provider rather than trying to build a customer base from scratch.