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 former Thomas Cook chief executive, Harriet Green, has agreed to donate about £3m to charity from a bonus she is due, in the latest fallout from the travel company’s handling of the death of two British children at one of its holiday bungalows in Corfu.
The annual congress of World football governing body Fifa is due to open despite sponsor concerns over the arrest of senior officials on corruption charges.
European football federation determined to force through reform at world body
The government said the measures, announced in the Queen's Speech to Parliament today, would prevent Britain becoming a 'two-speed country' where only some could afford to buy a property.