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.
It is an ugly expression to describe an ugly prospect: “secular stagnation”, which means at best a long period of below-trend economic growth and at worst no growth at all.
Up to £4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares would be offered to the public if the Conservatives win the election, David Cameron says.
Civil war in Libya has turned it into the main hub for human traffickers
Staff whose role was made redundant will be offered a job in one of its stores or the opportunity to take a voluntary redundancy, while some will be redeployed in other parts of the business.