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.
Amid the justified Nelson Mandela tributes this week lurk some less loudly spoken truths about the country he formed. Clearly, his legacy of political empowerment for blacks and reconciliation with whites is one of the greatest political achievements of the post-war period.
The World Trade Organization agrees a historic global deal aimed at boosting commerce, which could add nearly $1tn to the global economy.
An 11-month FT investigation reveals the extent of mismanagement at the €5bn-asset bank and the murkiness of its operations
Justin Adams was found by police at his home in Eastbourne East Sussex last month.