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On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty

Withdrawing benefits for the young, the science of ant sperm, and the rise of Isis.

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Jonn Elledge discuss Labour plans to restrict benefits to the under-22s; Ian Steadman and Ajit Naranjan look at a surprising study about ant sperm; and Helen Lewis talks to Shiraz Maher about the rise of terror group Isis.

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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.