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Michael O’Leary on Ryanair/Aer Lingus controversy: "Bizarre and manifestly wrong".

Michael O’Leary gives a typically mannered response to the UK Competition Commission ordering Ryanair to sell 25 per cent of its stake in rival Irish airline Aer Lingus.
The Commission ruled Ryanair’s 29.8 per cent holding in its rival damages competition on routes between Britain and Ireland, and must be cut to 5 per cent. Ryanair has said it will appeal the decision.

O’Leary said, "This prejudicial approach to an Irish airline is very disturbing, coming from an English government body that regards itself a model competition authority.”

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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.