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Hillary Clinton on the super-rich.

You know I’m out of American politics but, it is a fact that around the world the elites of every country are making money. There are rich people everywhere. And yet they do not contribute to the growth of their own countries, they don’t invest in public schools, in public hospitals, in other kinds of development internally.

Who could Hillary Clinton possibly have in mind?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to participants of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York. Photograph: Getty Images.
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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.