Business picks from elsewhere, Friday 9 March

Bankers, Apple, and railing against rail re-privatisation.

1. Bankers behaving badly are no black swans (Washington Post)

We shouldn't feel too surprised if a banker stabs a cabbie, writes Antony Currie.

2. Dear Apple, please stop bullying bankrupt companies (Atlantic Wire)

Apple is a bully, writes Adam Clark Estes.

3. Rail re-privatisation coming down the track?  (Faisal Islam)

What’s wrong with our railways? And who would pay – passengers or taxpayers? - asks Faisal Islam.

4. Facebook's banker dream team grows (Atlantic Wire)

Another 25 banks have joined the Facebook's initial public offering party, writes Adam Clark Estes.


Bankers, doing what bankers do. Credit: Getty images
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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.