French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, according to the presidential Elysee Palace.
“The President of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for Covid-19 today,” his office said in a statement.
“This diagnosis was made following a PCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms.”
The presidency said he would isolate for the next seven days and would continue to run the country remotely. A spokeswoman said that all his trips had been cancelled, including an upcoming visit to Lebanon on Dec. 22.
They added he was trying to assess where he could have contracted the virus.
Macron was at a European Council heads of state meeting on Dec. 10-11, and he met Wednesday with the prime minister of Portugal.
Prime Minister Jean Castex will also self-isolate after coming into contact with Macron over the last few days, said Gerard Larcher, head of the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament.