PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said Thursday, dealing a blow to a country that has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic in Europe.
The 42-year-old president was tested after showing symptoms of the pathogen, the Elysee Palace said, adding he would self-isolate for seven days while continuing to work. He did not provide further details.
The French head of state’s infection came days after the government lifted a nationwide lockdown, replacing it with an 8 p.m. curfew. Bars, restaurants and theaters have remained closed across France, but the government has allowed stores and many other businesses to resume operations for the Christmas shopping season.
The government also plans to ease the curfew on Christmas Eve, allowing holiday gatherings to take place.
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