Rebekah and Charlie Brooks arrested

Former News International chief executive arrested by police investigating phone hacking.

Sky News is reporting that Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie were among the six people arrested this morning by officers from Operation Weeting on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The pair were arrested at their home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire and are being interviewed at separate police stations.

To avoid any confusion, it's worth pointing out that Rebekah Brooks was previously arrested in July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption. These are new allegations.

As for Charlie's arrest, it will undoubtedly come as a blow to David Cameron - the pair have been friends since their Eton days. At the infamous Brussels press conference, where he admitted that he did ride the police horse loaned to Rebekah, Cameron commented: "I've been friends with Charlie Brooks for over 30 years and he's a good friend and a neighbour of my constituency."

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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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.