The President of France, Emmanuel Macron has become the latest high profile individual to test positive for the coronavirus.
The French presidency made this announcement on Thursday, just as his government was trying to lift lockdown restrictions before Christmas and avoid another wave of infections.
The statement from the presidency said “This diagnosis was established after a RT-PCR test that was carried out as soon as the first symptoms appeared”.
The announcement did not reveal what those symptoms were and when they first appeared.
In addition, the statement disclosed that Macron will work in isolation for the next seven days,
Also due to his proximity with President Macron, the office of Jean Castex, the country’s prime minister, said that he would also work from isolation.
President Macron met with several foreign and domestic officials in the past week, including at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday and Friday and in meetings with Prime Ministers Pedro Sánchez of Spain and António Costa of Portugal this week, his positive test has therefore affected some these leaders across the continent.
For instance, Mr. Sánchez’s office said on Thursday that he would self-isolate until Dec. 24, 10 days after his last meeting with Mr. Macron, and would also be tested for the virus. Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, will go into isolation, having met with Mr. Macron in Paris on Monday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Alexander de Croo of Belgium also held a meeting with Macron very closely in Brussels last week and for that reason, Alexander de Croo in a Twitter post disclosed that he would be tested and self-isolate.