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French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office has said.

The Elysee Palace said he was tested after showing early symptoms.

He will now self-isolate for seven days but will continue to work and conduct his activities remotely.

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Mr Macron speaks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban alongside Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on December 10

The brief statement does not give details of the symptoms experienced by the French president.

“He will continue to work and take care of his activities remotely,” he added.

Mr Macron was due to visit Lebanon next week, December 22. The trip has now been canceled, a spokeswoman said.

It was not immediately clear what contact tracing efforts were underway, but palace officials added that he was trying to assess where he may have contracted the virus.

Mr Macron met Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Wednesday. There was no immediate comment from Portuguese officials.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi to the Elysee Palace in Paris during his official visit to France
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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the Elysee Palace in Paris during his official visit to France last week

The French president was among EU leaders and delegates at a meeting of European Council heads of state late last week in Brussels, Belgium, December 10-11.

The diagnosis also comes nine days after a state visit to Paris by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

During the two-day trip, Mr. Macron presented his Egyptian counterpart with the Legion of Honor – France’s highest honor.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex will also self-isolate after coming into contact with Mr Macron in recent days, said Gérard Larcher, head of the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament.

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