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The five must-read posts from today, on Blair, Pakistan and illegal drugs.

1. Has the Telegraph been got at during the morning?

Mike Smithson at PoliticalBetting has screen grabs showing an interesting change of wording in the Telegraph's Blair coverage.

2. Don't talk to Frank

At Left Outside, otimtom blogs on the collision of politics with recreational drug use.

3. Blair, Wakefield, climate change -- beware of scapegoats

There's masses of zeal in the air this week. Michael White says he doesn't like witch-hunts, not even of people he mistrusts, because our minds are best kept open against the pressures of conformity.

4. Pakistan massacres sabotage Baloch peace deal

Peter Tatchell writes a guest blog on Pickled Politics about the scant chances for peace between Islamabad and Balochistan, following massacres of peaceful protesters by security forces.

5. Vintage Blair

Another excellent Chilcot inquiry blog from Paul Waugh, this time analysing Tony Blair's performance today.


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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.