French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential Elysee Palace has announced today.
In a statement, it said that Macron took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared”, and that he will be self-isolating for seven days.
“He will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance,” it added.
Macron attended a European Union summit at the end of last week, where he notably had a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He met Wednesday with the prime minister of Portugal. There was no immediate comment from Portuguese officials.
On Wednesday he also held the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting in the presence of Prime Minister Jean Castex and other ministers. Castex’s office said that the prime minister is also self-isolating for seven days.
The French presidency confirmed that Macron’s trip to Lebanon scheduled for next week is to be canceled.