France’s Emmanuel Macron to Isolate for a Week After Testing Positive for Covid

Date: 2020-12-17 19:39:47

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Leaders from across Europe announced they’re isolating after coming into contact with French President Emmanuel Macron who tested positive for Covid-19.

Macron had shown symptoms of the disease and will isolate for seven days as he continues to work, his office said in a statement on Thursday. An official at the Elysee Palace said the symptoms were mild, but declined to provide details on the circumstances of the infection or where the president will be isolating.

Macron’s diagnosis, days before his 43rd birthday, comes at a particularly sensitive time. France is struggling to tame a resurgence of the virus, with the president fielding criticism of his handling of the crisis and the economic fallout. He’s also trying to push through controversial plans to bolster the powers of the police while dealing with the closing stages of Brexit.

His wife, Brigitte, has no symptoms and tested negative on Dec. 15, according to the Elysee. She is isolating.

Prime Minister Jean Castex also tested negative, his office said, after announcing earlier on Thursday that he was self-isolating and will be tested again in seven days.

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