Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

1. The all-powerful press baron is just a myth (Times) (£)

If the Machiavellian figure being hunted at the Leveson Inquiry ever existed he belongs to a long-gone era, says Philip Collins.

2. Leveson inquiry: after Murdoch, the trail leads to Downing Street (Guardian)

This week Leveson moved into its final and most dramatic act. Ian Katz says that the focus will soon be on No 10.

3. Just another businessman playing the power game (Financial Times)

Politicians come and go, but Murdoch represents long-lived, market-tested institutional power, says Philip Delves Broughton.

4. Murdoch and the Cameron entourage: a shameful tale laid out for all to see (Guardian)

If you think this is a navel-gazing media story, here's a reminder of what the Tories were about to unleash on the country, says Polly Toynbee.

5. Stand up, Tories, and embrace your poshness (Times) (£)

Being ‘privileged’ always seems to mean ‘out of touch’. Far from it, says Hugo Rifkind: it often means you have wider experience.

6. Rise of Europe's far right cannot be explained by recession alone (Independent)

Adrian Hamilton argues that Le Pen's success in France is based on the language of the outsider.

7. Now Charles Taylor has gone, Sierra Leone is on the rise (Guardian)

The nation has been booming since the civil war ended. Now his conviction offers the hope of political maturity too, says Aminatta Forna.

8. Welcome to tricolour Britain, a country divided along party lines (Daily Telegraph)

Fraser Nelson says that a political landscape is emerging in which no one can lay claim to nationwide appeal.

9. The great middle class power grab (Financial Times)

Even the most conservative assumptions point to an irrevocable redistribution of economic power, says Philip Stephens.

10. The Children of Fallujah - the hospital of horrors (Independent)

Robert Fisk asks what lies behind the stillbirths, disabilities, and deformities too distressing to describe that he sees at Fallujah hospital, Baghdad.

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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.