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The five must-read posts from today, on Gaza, social mobility and Chilcot

1. It's time David Miliband went to Gaza and saw the injustice

Over at LabourList, Jeremy Corbyn MP reports back from a visit to Gaza and says the Foreign Secretary must witness the "strangulation" caused by the siege for himself.

2. Social mobility fact-check for Isaby

Next Left's Sunder Katwala rebuts Jonathan Isaby's claim that social mobility rose under Margaret Thatcher.

3. Brown/Darling ponder another Budget giveaway

The FT's Jim Pickard says the Prime Minister and the Chancellor are planning to use the windfall from lower benefit payouts to fund another giveaway.

4. There will be wry smiles as Chilcot wades into political waters

Gary Gibbon says Tony Blair's closest supporters are delighted that Gordon Brown's own role will come under scrutiny.

5. The Conservatives are playing a dangerous game with their draft manifesto

The Telegraph's Will Heaven argues that the Tories are unwise to look to Barack Obama as their campaign guru.


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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.