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The French First Lady will self-isolate after coming in contact with a person earlier this month who has tested positive for coronavirus – but Mrs Macron has not displayed any symptoms of the respiratory disease. It came after President Emmanuel Macron declared a state of emergency in France. 

Her team confirmed the news and said: “Brigitte Macron was in contact on Thursday, October 15 with a person declared positive for Covid-19 on Monday, October 19 and presenting symptoms of the disease.

“In accordance with the recommendations of the health authorities, she will observe a period of isolation of seven days.”

France has one of the highest numbers of infections as cases continue to rise across the country.

To date, there have been more than 800,000 new daily positive test results while the death figure has reached 33,392.

Brigitte Macron forced to self-isolate amid covid

Brigitte Macron forced to self-isolate amid covid (Image: Getty)

Brigitte Macron forced to self-isolate for 7 days

Brigitte Macron forced to self-isolate for 7 days (Image: Getty)

Last week, Mr Macron imposed strict curfews on Ile-de-France, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Saint Etienne and Toulouse.

During the curfew, people will not be allowed to leave their homes to go to restaurants or visit friends.

However, there are no restrictions on public transport or people travelling between regions.

Announcing the measures, Mr Macron said: “The message I want to send this evening is that I need each of you, we need each other, to find solutions.

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Emmanuel Macron criticised for handling of COVID

Emmanuel Macron criticised for handling of COVID (Image: Getty)

“We will come out of this stronger, because we will be more united.

“We will get through this, together.”

He added if anyone breaks the 9pm to 6am curfew rules they would be fined €135 (£122).

However, his new measures have not been welcomed by business owners across France.

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Coronavirus cases around the world

Coronavirus cases around the world (Image: Express)

Xavier Denamur, who owns several bistros in Paris, urged the government to rethink the curfew and place it at 11pm instead of 9pm.

He said: “I have the right to question the government’s approach, I think it’s a catastrophic measure for the industry.

“At least that would not destroy us. There is no evidence that this difference of a couple of hours will have any effect on the virus circulating.”

During the pandemic, Mr Macron and his government have been widely criticised for his handling of the virus.

Angela Merkel warns difficult months are ahead

Angela Merkel warns difficult months are ahead (Image: Getty)

Back in May, an opinion poll found only two-thirds of French people felt their government was handling the pandemic well.

And last month, another poll found 62 percent of people in France did not have faith in Mr Macron and his government to fight against the virus.

At the start of the pandemic, French officials repeatedly told the public wearing masks was not necessary.

Cases across Europe are on the rise as the continent battles against a second wave of the deadly virus.

New COVID measures imposed across England

New COVID measures imposed across England (Image: Getty)

Other countries have imposed new restrictions and curfews with Italy urging schools to adopt hybrid schedules to curb the spread of the virus.

Over the weekend, Italy recorded 11,705 new cases.

Germany has also seen a rise in cases with more than 7,000 recorded on Saturday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned: “Difficult months are ahead of us.

Macron faces criticism over handling of COVID

Macron faces criticism over handling of COVID (Image: Getty)

“How winter will be, how our Christmas will be, that will all be decided in these coming days and weeks, and it will be decided by our behaviour.”

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has introduced a new tier system to battle the pandemic.

Places like Liverpool and Lancashire now have tough restrictions imposed meaning mixing of households indoors and outdoors is now banned.

London has been placed in the second tier, banning socialising with people from other households inside. 





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