Morning Call: the pick of the papers

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

The importance of the Anders Breivik verdict reaches beyond Norway (Guardian)

Tad Tietze argues that Breivik's ideology is shared by a wider far right movement

The internet rushes in where the tabloids fear to tread (Independent)

John O'Farrell argues that a declining print media needs to pick its battles carefully

Grey power is growing - and it can make Britain a better place (Telegraph)

Neil O'Brien calls on Iain Duncan Smith to use Britain's ageing population to plug gaps in childcare funding

Nina Bawden's Carrie's War speaks a truth about the ripple effects of conflict (Guardian)

Ros Wynne Jones pays tribute to the late children's author's most influential novel

Abolish all grades. Only then will GCSEs be useful for pupils and employers (Independent)

Philip Hensher argues that the grading system is what drives down standards

Prince Harry and the toxic gloss of celebrity (Telegraph)

Patrick Jephson argues that the naked photos controversy reveals the monarchy's reliance on PR

Murdoch is wrong on Prince Harry pictures (Financial Times)

Philip Stephens criticises the Sun's decision to publish naked photos of Prince Harry

What Galloway and Akin say about rape says so much more about them (Guardian)

Jonathan Freedland challenges recent attempts by male politicians to play down the seriousness of rape

Lance Armstrong's fans deserve better (Independent)

The Independent's leader says Lance Armstrong's decision not to fight doping charges leaves questions unanswered

We need new houses built on fields, not these 'mixed-use' Soviet estates (Telegraph)

Graeme Archer deplores efforts to build affordable housing


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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.