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Macron runs France from presidential retreat after catching Covid

French President Emmanuel Macron was Friday working in self-isolation from an official residence outside Paris after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Macron runs France from presidential retreat after catching Covid
French President Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen on a screen as he attends by video conference a round table for the National Humanitarian Conference.

The announcement Thursday that Macron was infected with the virus upended political schedules in France and across Europe, with EU leaders and French officials he had met in the last days cancelling events and rushing into self-isolation.

Macron late Thursday left the Elysee Palace in Paris for the presidential residence of La Lanterne in Versailles outside the city, a presidential official said.

“He will be able to both self-isolate and continue to work,” said the official, who asked not to be named. His wife Brigitte, who has tested negative, will remain at the Elysee.

There was no new official update on his health Friday but French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said late Thursday Macron was suffering from a cough and “considerable fatigue”.

READ MORE: Who has had to self-isolate after Macron's Covid-19 diagnosis?

Masked and dressed in a black polo-neck, Macron had nonetheless taken part by video conference Thursday in a meeting on economic development.

It is not clear where Macron contracted the virus although presidential sources have said he may have picked it up while attending an EU summit in Brussels late last week where leaders had 20 hours of non-stop negotiation. 

French President Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen on a screen as he attends by video conference a round table for the National Humanitarian Conference. AFP

On Monday Macron addressed a conference in Paris organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) attended by European Council president Charles Michel and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who were both now isolating.

And on Wednesday he attended a dinner at the Elysee — which was not in his official schedule — with a dozen political allies including Prime Minister Jean Castex, who is now also self-isolating.

There have been questions about the dinner as the numbers present exceeded the maximum of six recommended by the government to sit at one table.

Officials have insisted that those present sat at a table large enough to ensure proper social distancing.

Commentators and politicians have praised the Elysee for rapidly communicating Macron's test result in a written statement Thursday morning.

But they have urged full transparency over his condition with none of the secrecy sometimes seen when his predecessors Francois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac had health problems in office.

Macron's infection has also underlined the continued perils of Covid-19 in France as the Christmas holidays get underway, with over 18,000 new infections recorded on Thursday alone.

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EMMANUEL MACRON

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

 
The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.
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