Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, and the Elysee Palace promises the greatest transparency on his state of health.


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Emmanuel Macron caught up with the Covid-19.

The president "has real symptoms: a cough and significant fatigue," government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on BFMTV Thursday evening, promising transparency on the health of the head of state, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday. morning.

The president also has a fever, added the Elysee.

Gabriel Attal also affirmed that the French would be kept informed of his health and that on this point, “transparency will be the rule”, without specifying in what form or if a health bulletin will be published every day.

A lot of contact-tracing work

"A tracing of its contact cases was organized immediately, from this morning" by health organizations or sometimes by the Elysee, he said.

Asked about the numerous meetings of the Head of State this week, including a lunch and a dinner at the Elysee Palace with more than ten people, beyond the six maximum recommended, Gabriel Attal estimated that the president had " absolute vigilance of barrier gestures ”and that he“ meets a lot of people, travels a lot ”and that“ if he did not have this absolute vigilance, he would have been contaminated earlier ”.

Macron "obviously tired"

“I understand that people ask for answers, but when you are a member of the government, in times of crisis, you attend a very large number of meetings.

So, there are times when you need to have lunch or dinner time meetings and you are catering.

But it is far from being a convivial dinner, there is a distance of 2 meters, we put the masks back on before and after each dish and we speak with a microphone, ”he argued.

"I do not think that the French imagine that at 19h59 the President of the Republic will go to bed," he said.

Emmanuel Macron "was obviously tired" for his speech Thursday afternoon at the end of a videoconference on development aid, "but he keeps his total commitment", concluded Gabriel Attal by repeating that vaccination in France will start before the end of December.


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