The PM condemned the "sickening murder" of Moaz al Kasasbeh. Photo: YouTube screengrab
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Cameron condemns "sickening murder" of Jordanian pilot burned alive by Islamic State

The Prime Minister says the brutal attack has strengthened international resolve to defeat the extremist militants.

David Cameron has condemned the "sickening murder" of the Jordanian pilot burned alive by Islamic State (IS).

Speaking at the beginning of PMQs today, he told the House of Commons:

I'm sure the whole house will join me in condemning the sickening murders in Syria of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh. I'm sure the thoughts and prayers of the whole House will be with their families at this very difficult time . . .

I can assure the House that we will not stop until the murderous Isil extremists behind this, and their poisonous ideology are eradicated.

The Prime Minister has also commented separately that the barbaric act against the pilot will only serve to "strengthen" international resolve to defeat the militant extremists:

These terrorists' brutal behaviour will only strengthen our resolve. We stand in solidarity with our Jordanian friends and we will continue to work with them and our other Coalition partners to defeat Isil.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.

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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.