Other people's business, Friday 13 April

Valuable trees, and Facebook's fear.

1. Paying Bob Diamond's tax bill proves very expensive for Barclays (Guardian)

Barclays freely admits that the "tax equalisation" promise will continue, at least into next year, writes Jill Treanor.

2. Just how valuable are trees to a city? (Washington Post)

Quite valuable, writes Brad Plumer.

3. Google rejoins tech’s governance race to bottom (Reuters)

Google is no stranger to bad corporate governance, writes Robert Cyran

4. Facebook is scared of the internet (Financial Times)

It is no wonder that Mark Zuckerberg got so defensive this week, writes John Gapper.

5. Charities in crisis: grab your share of £1bn tax relief to help good causes (Telegraph)

The Chancellor's move to close loopholes has placed uncertainty over ncentives to support charity, writes Ian Cowie.

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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.