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The five must-read blogs from today, on climate change, abortions and health care.

1. Miliband ads "don't go far enough", says Green leader

Left Foot Forward's Shamik Das reports that the Green Party leader, Caroline Lucas, has said that the climate-change ads banned today actually understate the danger of global warming.

2. Now the Poles are nicking our abortions

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Unity debunks the Daily Express's latest scaremongering anti-foreigner headline. How many Polish women really have come to the UK for an abortion? Not many.

3. Past elections and stock-market jitters

The FT's Alex Barker posts a chart of reactions by the financial markets to the past nine elections. After the 1974 election produced a hung parliament, UK equities plunged by 18 per cent.

4. Demons and demonisation

Those who attack Barack Obama for "demonising" insurance companies ignore that they do, in fact, commit many sins, writes Paul Krguman.

5. Cameron -- back to the heir to Blair?

Over at Independent Minds, Michael Savage says that David Cameron's PMQs tactics are increasingly reminiscent of Tony Blair's.

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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.