French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the Chinese communist virus (COVID-19) on Thursday and will be quarantined for seven days. Several politicians, including the president of the European Council, the prime minister of Spain, the prime minister of France and the president of the National Assembly, have also gone into self-quarantine because of their recent close encounters with Macron.
A statement from the Elysee Palace said Mr. Macron, 42, had developed symptoms of what appeared to be a communist virus and had immediately undergone tests that tested positive. The statement stressed that Mr. Macron would lead the country during the quarantine, including by video conference, though his public engagements, including a visit to Lebanon, were canceled.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the Spanish prime minister, PedroSanchez, met Macron for lunch on Monday and are now isolating themselves.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, 59, who had lunch with Mr. Macron in Paris on Wednesday, has also canceled all official travel, quarantined himself and waited for test results.
Jean Castex, 55, the French prime minister, and Richard Ferrand, 58, the president of the National Assembly, are also in self-isolation.
Brigitte Macron, 67, who is also in self-quarantine, has no symptoms. Macron also attended a recent cabinet meeting. Authorities are now tracking down other people who may have come into contact with Macron.
France has confirmed two million cases and killed more than 59,400 people since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University.