France’s president Emmanuel Macron is suffering a fever, a cough and fatigue and has a military doctor at his bedside in Versailles after catching coronavirus, it emerged today.
Macron, 42, said he is ‘doing fine’ while staying at a residence called La Lanterne after testing positive for Covid-19 in a result which sparked frantic contact-tracing among EU leaders.
The Elysee’s chief physician Jean-Christophe Perrochon is staying with Macron during his quarantine, according to Le Parisien, while first lady Brigitte Macron, 67, is isolating separately in Paris.
While Macron is in a younger age group than most world leaders and is not known to have any medical problems, he had already developed symptoms by the time his diagnosis was announced on Thursday.
It comes as Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic today announced he has also tested positive for Covid-19, a week after he attended an EU summit in Brussels with Macron and 23 other EU leaders.
Macron said he was doing well but acknowledged that he had to slow down his activities due to ongoing symptoms in a video message posted on his Twitter account today.
‘I wanted to reassure you – I am doing fine. I have the same symptoms as yesterday, notably fatigue, headaches, a dry cough, like hundreds of thousands of you who have had to live with the virus or who live with it today.
‘I am working at a slightly slower pace because of the virus, but I shall continue to focus on high-priority issues, such as our handling of the epidemic, or, for example, the Brexit dossier.’
He said he would give regular updates on his health and acknowledged that he may have contracted the illness through ‘a moment of negligence’.