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 share of first-time buyers fixing mortgage payments to ward off the impact of potential interest rate rises has reached an all-time high, according to figures compiled for The Independent.
The fashion house Giorgio Armani pays 270m euros (£222m; $374m) to the Italian authorities to settle a tax bill.
What Hollywood’s rediscovery of religious epics says about the Bible’s shifting place in our cultural lives
Kate has wowed crowds during her tour down under and today was no exception, with the stylish Queen-to be donning a stunning white summery dress adorned with blue flowers as she and Wills head to Queensland for the day.