Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including what the public made of the Budget.

1. Ken Livingstone's crumbling Labour flank

Just weeks before the London mayoral election, almost one in three Labour supporters are refusing to back Ken Livingstone, notes Atul Hatwal at Labour Uncut.

2. What did the public make of the Budget?

Coffee House's Jonathan Jones looks at what the first post-Budget poll tells us about public opinion.

3. Granny tax campaign goes online with Government petitition

The Telegraph's James Kirkup notes that an online petition has been launched urging Osborne to reverse his changes to age-related allowances.

4. Bradford Calling

Paul Waugh highlights a strongly-worded Tory byelection leaflet on immigration.

5. How the Telegraph and Mail attacked gay marriage through the ECHR

At Liberal Conspiracy, Unity notes the Telegraph and the Mail's opportunistic attempt to claim that the ECHR could prevent the introduction of gay marriage in the UK.

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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.