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Ed Miliband, the anti-Murdoch crusader, poses with a special edition of the Sun

The Labour leader posing with the Sun's special World Cup edition isn't the best banner for his battle against Murdoch...

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader often celebrated by his supporters for standing up to the big bad "vested interests" like banks, energy companies and the Murdoch empire, has posed with a picture of the Sun's special edition.

Here he is, awkwardly holding the Murdoch tabloid's World Cup issue, 22m of which are being distributed around the country for free.

Even more awkward than his wooden pose is the fact that he's been a voice of protest against Murdoch for a few years now. "That kind of concentration of power is frankly quite dangerous," he said in 2011, calling for the powerful media empire to be dismantled. "The Murdoch Empire must be broken up," he cried in 2012, criticising the PM for his chumminess with the media baron. But then, "Ooh – a free football edition!" his haunted eyes whispered in 2014.

Also jarring is the fact that he told BuzzFeed a few weeks ago that he doesn't read British newspapers. Perhaps that's why he's holding it as if it's a piece of evidence from a crime scene. He doesn't know how to open it.

I'm a mole, innit.

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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.