Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has suspended all public activities and will self-isolate until Christmas Eve
Sanchez cancelled all items on his agenda for the coming days, starting with his attendance at a ceremony on Thursday at which King Felipe is to open an exhibition.
The Socialist leader attended a number of events in Paris on Monday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including a lunch with Macron.
Video footage of Macron welcoming the Spanish prime minister at the Elysee Palace showed both wore masks and did not shake hands.
Emmanuel Macron ha dado positivo por coronavirus, según ha informado el Elíseo este jueves, tres días después de su encuentro con Pedro Sánchez pic.twitter.com/G1LyH5Kyg8
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Sanchez, whose wife contracted the virus at the start of the pandemic in March, will be tested for COVID-19.
In a statement the Elysée Palace said that the French president had tested positive for the virus after showing symptoms.
“The president tested positive for Covid-19 today (Thursday),” it said in a statement, adding he had been tested after the “onset of the first symptoms”.
Macron will now, in accordance with national regulations, “self isolate for seven days. He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely,” it said.
The president, 42, had taken a PCR test and his office added that he had shown only mild symptoms.