French Macron Tests Positive

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French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing symptoms and will self-isolate for a week, his office said Thursday.

The Elysee Palace said Macron, 42, was diagnosed after he was tested "at the onset of the first symptoms."

"In accordance with current health regulations applicable to all, the President of the Republic will isolate himself for 7 days. He continues to work and carry out his activities remotely," the statement added.

French first lady Brigitte Macron, 67, has protectively gone into quarantine but has "presented no symptoms," her office told French media.

Prime Minister Jean Castex has gone into quarantine, despite testing negative on Thursday morning. President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand is also quarantining for seven days.

Macron's planned trip to Lebanon next week has been canceled.

The French President had meetings with a number of other top European leaders in recent days, several of whom announced they would quarantine in the wake of Macron's diagnosis.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Council President Charles Michel and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria said they would go into quarantine as a precautionary measure.

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement by his office on Thursday. 

"The President of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 today," the statement from the Élysée Palace read, according to Reuters. 

Macron, 42, was tested after showing symptoms of the virus, the Élysée Palace said, although it's unclear what symptoms he was experiencing. 

A flurry of contact-tracing followed France's confirmation that Macron had become the latest world leader to contract Covid-19, following the likes of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump.

Macron, 42, was tested after the "onset of the first symptoms" and will now self-isolate for seven days in accordance with national regulations, his office said in a statement.

"He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely," the statement said.

The timing is awkward for Macron, who is trying to handle the pandemic crisis in his own country while keeping a close eye on Brexit talks and a host of other international issues.

Officials emphasised he was still working and was taking part in a conference on economic development on Thursday afternoon.

Macron attended an EU summit in Brussels last week and on Monday went to a conference in Paris organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

European Council president Charles Michel and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez were both at the Paris conference and are isolating.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has also gone into self-isolation and cancelled all immediate events on his agenda after having lunch with Macron on Wednesday.

Macron has cancelled a scheduled trip to Lebanon, where he had been pressing for far-reaching political change after a giant explosion at Beirut's port in August.

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating.  

The 42-year-old took a test 'as soon as the first symptoms appeared,' the Elysee Palace said in a brief statement on Thursday morning.

Mr Macron, who joins Britain's Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump in a growing list of world leaders who have contracted Covid-19, will isolate for seven days but plans to continue running the country via video conference. 

Frantic contact tracing is now afoot with the president having been centre stage in Brexit negotiations. Only yesterday, he was pictured embracing the Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa in Paris.

Mr Costa is in self isolation, as is Mr Macron's wife Brigitte, 67, and Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez and President of the European Council Charles Michel who both met the French leader on Monday. 

Prime Minister Johnson, who has not met Mr Macron face-to-face for months and been snubbed on Brexit negotiations, wished his 'friend' a swift recovery.  

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