French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for COVID

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The French presidency has announced that President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for coronavirus. He will self-isolate for seven days and cancel all upcoming trips, including a planned visit to Lebanon.
French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, the French Presidency said on Thursday.

“The President of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 today,” a statement said. The diagnosis was made following a PCR test performed after he showed initial symptoms, though his symptoms were not listed.

Macron will self-isolate for seven days, according to the statement, but will “continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance.”

In light of the diagnosis, Macron has canceled all of his upcoming trips, including a scheduled visit to Lebanon.

His office is also currently in the process of identifying those people with whom he may have been in contact. Macron attended a European Council heads of state meeting on December 10 and 11, where EU leaders met in person for the first time since October.

At the summit, Macron also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who tested negative for COVID-19 after the meeting. “The chancellor was tested a few days after the EU summit, as is routine,” a spokeswoman said. “The chancellor sends the French president her best wishes for a speedy recovery.”

On Tuesday, Macron also had lunch with the heads of political groups at the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament. Macron and his wife Brigitte also hosted a private dinner with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, during which he awarded him the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor.

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