Rebels enter Tripoli

The Gadaffi regime is on the brink.

Most major news organisations are reporting tonight that Libyan rebels have entered Tripoli and that Muammar al-Gadaffi's regime, its authority long since undermined by the uprising, is on the verge of collapse. Earlier this evening, Al Arabiya TV reported that Gaddafi's presidential guard has surrendered to the rebels.

Of British broadcasters, only Sky News has a presence on the ground in the Libyan capital. Their reporter Alex Crawford is apparently sending back live pictures from the back of a truck in Tripoli, via a mini-satellite dish connected to a car cigarette lighter socket. Sky's live feed can be watched here.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of Gadaffi himself are unknown.

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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.