Macron will be self-isolating for a week.
After experiencing symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, French President Emmanuel Macron received a test for the disease, which came back positive. In the interest of safety for both himself and those around him, Macron will be self-isolating for the next week, carrying out his usual Presidential duties from home.
“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 Elysee Palace said in a statement.
Macron’s wife, first lady Brigitte Macron, will also be going into isolation for the same period as her husband, but according to her office, she is not currently showing any symptoms of the disease.
Macron is the third major French politician to have quarantined recently. Prime Minister Jean Castex tested negative for the disease, but began a quarantine of his own this morning, while President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand is doing the same. Multiple European politicians who met with Macron in the past week will be going into isolation as well. These politicians include Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, European Council President Charles Michel and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.
Macron was planning a trip to Lebanon next week, but this trip has since been cancelled.