© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: French President Macron welcomes Portugal’s Prime Minister Costa in Paris
By Elizabeth Pineau and Michel Rose
PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron examined optimistic for coronavirus on Thursday, his workplace mentioned, prompting a observe and hint effort throughout Europe following conferences between the French chief and EU heads of presidency in current days.
Macron, 42, was working the nation remotely after going into quarantine within the Elysee Palace, the presidency mentioned. His spouse Brigitte was additionally self-isolating.
“This analysis was made following a PCR take a look at carried out on the onset of the primary signs,” Macron’s workplace mentioned, declining to provide additional particulars of his situations or the signs he had.
Macron will cancel all upcoming journeys together with a Dec. 22 go to to Lebanon the place the French president has led worldwide efforts to resolve a deep-rooted political disaster.
Nevertheless it was nearer to house that Macron’s COVID an infection spurred different leaders to take their very own checks.
Macron joined all however two of the European Union’s 27 leaders at a summit in Brussels late final week to debate local weather change, the EU finances and Turkey.
Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Giuseppe Conte and others have been seen initially mingling within the summit room with their face masks on. German officers mentioned Merkel wore a masks on the summit and complied with COVID guidelines.
The German authorities mentioned Merkel examined detrimental for the coronavirus after the EU summit.
Extra just lately, Macron had lunch with European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and OECD chief Angel Gurria, who’s 70, on Monday. He additionally held talks with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Wednesday.
Costa was in self-isolation and awaiting the outcomes of a take a look at, although displaying no signs, his workplace mentioned. Sanchez’s workplace mentioned he would quarantine till Dec. 24. An EU spokesman mentioned Michel, would self-isolate as a precaution.
Macron’s sickness comes as negotiations between Britain and the EU over a post-Brexit deal close to their crunch level, with France saying it will quite veto a nasty deal than sacrifice its fishermen.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson despatched Macron his greatest needs.
“Sorry to listen to my good friend @EmmanuelMacron has examined optimistic for coronavirus. We’re all wishing you a speedy restoration,” Johnson mentioned on Twitter.
Johnson himself caught COVID-19 in March and fell gravely unwell. He tried to work by way of the sickness however ended up in intensive care.
Macron lives a wholesome, energetic life-style, his aides say. He workout routines commonly and doesn’t smoke.
France has one of many highest COVID-19 loss of life counts in western Europe. The illness has killed almost 60,000 individuals and Macron’s optimistic take a look at comes simply after France changed a nationwide lockdown with a curfew, whilst new instances present indicators of ticking larger as soon as once more.
Elysee Palace officers mentioned Macron and his workforce have been attempting to evaluate the place he may have contracted the virus.
Authorities spokesman Gabriel Attal mentioned Macron detected the primary signs late on Wednesday.
Two days earlier, the president had additionally held a four-hour lengthy debate with members of a residents’ local weather conference. Macron wore a face masks all through the occasion attended by a number of dozen individuals.
On Wednesday, he chaired a cupboard assembly.
Prime Minister Jean Castex will even self isolate after coming into contact with Macron over the previous few days, though he has examined detrimental, his workplace mentioned.
Political occasion chiefs from France’s decrease home of parliament, the Nationwide Meeting, have been additionally in isolation as they’d a lunch with Macron earlier this week.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had been the very best profile politician in France to get the virus till now. He mentioned after recovering that it had been a very powerful ordeal.