Morning Call: pick of the papers

Ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Why I, as a journalist and ex-editor, believe it is time to regulate the press (Observer

Will Hutton gives his support to the forthcoming Leveson report.


Despite the sabre-rattling, an attack on Iran is now unlikely (Independent on Sunday


Patrick Cockburn explains why it's now too late for Israel to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities.


Gaza grabs the headlines as Congo once more descends into chaos (Observer


Ian Birrell calls for the world to pay more attention to the rebel takeover of Goma.


The first law of social work: politics trumps parental love (Sunday Times) (£) 


Minette Marin comments on the recent case of social workers removing a child from foster parents who were members of UKIP.


Unlike Europe, the Tories can bind together (Sunday Telegraph


Janet Daley excoriates the European governing class.


I see one last, if faint, hope for a truly free British press (Sunday Telegraph


Matthew D'Ancona argues that Cameron should offer the press "one last chance".


Why Dave doesn't give a hoot about the EU budget (Independent on Sunday


John Rentoul argues that Cameron is right to pursue a "wait-and-see" policy on Europe.


David Cameron's boldness over Europe does him credit (Sunday Telegraph


Iain Martin praises Cameron's tough stance during the EU budget negotiations.


Houdini Dave can slip the Leveson trap (Sunday Times) (£) 


Martin Ivens calls for a voluntary regulatory arrangement among newspapers.


Buck up Britain - regrets are mere whinges (Sunday Times) (£) 


India Knight says she has no time in life for regrets.

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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.