French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for coronavirus

French President Emmanuel Macron chairs a meeting with the medical staff of the Rene Dubos hospital center, in Pontoise, outside Paris, Friday Oct. 23, 2020.

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms. His office says the President will go into self-isolation for a week.

According to the Elysee Palace, 42-year-old Macron was diagnosed after he was tested “at the onset of the first symptoms.”

“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 statement said.

French first lady 67-year-old Brigitte Macron has gone into quarantine even though, according to French media, she is currently not experiencing any symptoms.

Prime Minister Jean Castex has also gone into quarantine, and Macron’s planned trip to Lebanon next week has been canceled.

The French President had meetings with a number of other top European leaders in recent days, several of whom announced they would quarantine in the wake of Macron’s diagnosis. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, and European Council President Charles Michel said they would go into quarantine as a precautionary measure.