The positive for coronavirus of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, this Thursday, has fallen like a bomb in French and European politics, because of the intense political agenda that he had maintained in recent days.
The heads of Government of France, Jean Castex; Spain, Pedro Sánchez; Portugal, Antonio Costa; and Belgium, Alexander de Croo; In addition to the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, they have been placed in isolation for a week after having lunches with Macron in recent days. Pedro Sánchez has tested negative in a test carried out today, but will also be in quarantine for a week.
In France several ministers, as well as the secretary general of the Presidency Alexis Kohler, have also been considered ‘close contacts’, for which they will maintain a seven-day quarantine.
A good part of the French political class had paraded these days through the Elysee.
The president participated last Monday in the events of the 60th anniversary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and had a lunch with Sánchez, Michel and the general secretary of that organization, the Mexican Ángel Gurría, who will also maintain quarantine .
Subsequently, he participated in the draw for the rugby World Cup groups that France will host in 2023 and that same day he held a meeting with the 150 people who make up the Citizen’s Climate Convention.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal indicated that an investigation has been opened to determine which of these people are considered close contact with the president to recommend isolation.
Macron met Tuesday with the president of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, who will also be in quarantine, and that night he received twelve political leaders at a dinner at the Elysee.
Among them was the leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who was quick to say that distances were respected and that there is no reason for him to isolate himself.
In addition, Mélenchon published on social networks the result of a PCR test to which he was subjected on Wednesday and which was negative.
That Macron dinner and the one the next day with a dozen members of his party, have raised controversy in France, where the Government multiplies calls to reduce the number of diners, in a country where there are more than 2.4 million cases and the 60,000 dead are touched.
The Elíseo came out of these criticisms, assured that on those two occasions distances were maintained, for which the largest room of the Elíseo was enabled, capable of hosting up to half a thousand guests, and that it was, in both cases, of work meals, so the recommended capacity for the population could be exceeded.
In between, Macron also held a lunch with Costa, who has also isolated himself, on Tuesday.
In addition, he chaired the Council of Ministers, but the Government indicated that at that meeting distances were also maintained and masks were used, so a generalized quarantine will not be imposed on the entire Cabinet.
Macron felt the first symptoms at night (which the Elysee has not detailed) so, immediately, he was subjected to a test, which was positive.
“According to the sanitary regulations in force, applicable to all, the president will isolate himself for seven days. He will continue working to carry out his activities remotely,” Elíseo said in a statement.
He added that the president is fine and that he continues to work, although he does so remotely.
This same afternoon a cooperation forum in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will close, although it will do so by teleconference.
He will also preside remotely next Monday the last Council of Ministers of the year and will not be able to travel to Lebanon on Tuesday, as planned, for a two-day visit.
His quarantine will end on Christmas Eve, according to the Elysee.
Although she has just tested negative, the first lady, Brigitte Macron, is also being quarantined. The government office announced that Castex, which also maintains its remote agenda, passed a test after knowing the positive from Macron and has tested negative.
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