EU leaders in quarantine after Macron tests positive for COVID-19

Several heads of state and leaders met French President Emmanuel Macron in the last 10 days leading up to his positive COVID-19 test results announced on Dec. 17.

Macron on Wednesday met Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa at the Elysee Palace. Costa's office announced Dec. 17 that he entered quarantine as a precaution and will continue working remotely.

After Macron Tested Positive for Covid-19, Several European Leaders in Self-Isolation

French President Macron was tested for Covid-19 after symptoms first appeared. He would go into isolation for seven days, the Elysee Palace said, without providing further details on the nature of the president's symptoms.

The office of Macron's wife Brigitte Macron told dpa that she was considered a close contact but hasn't shown any symptoms so far.

Macron says new EU sanctions against Turkish drilling show bloc’s firmness

The new sanctions the European Union is preparing over Turkish gas drilling show the EU will no longer accept destabilizing actions in its orbit, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

Macron also said the EU remained open to dialog with Turkey, after a EU summit in Brussels. [Reuters]

PM thanks Macron for support

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his support, after the latter announced late Wednesday that France would increase its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean.

Mitsotakis described Macron as "a true friend of Greece" and an "ardent defender of European values and international law."

France Extends the Quarantine until 11 May

French President Emmanuel Macron has declared that the country is not ready to lift restrictions and bans on business and citizens, so that quarantine throughout the country is extended until May 11. This was stated in an extraordinary television address to the nation.

France is one of the hardest hit countries by the epidemic. There are 15,000 casualties and 138,000 infected.