Barack’s Beast beaten by bump

The president’s car was left stranded for six minutes in Dublin after failing to go over a speed bum

Whenever President Obama visits a foreign country, one of the first things newspaper editors do is go through the startling statistics of the president's car. With five-inch-thick windows, eight-inch-thick doors and a footmat woven from Kevlar, it is no wonder the car is nicknamed "The Beast".

Unfortunately, while it may be bulletproof, it is not speed-bump-proof, as the video below shows.

As the car leaves the US embassy in Dublin, the president's Cadillac gets stuck on a minor speed bump. For six minutes. The mighty Beast was beaten.

What will the ramifications of this be? Probably none, but it's never good for politicians to look foolish on camera, even if it isn't their fault. Just ask Neil Kinnock.

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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.