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.
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Telecoms giant BT is in talks with Telefonica about buying the O2 mobile network from the Spanish firm.
UK telecoms group reveals discussions over potential acquisition
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.