French president Emmanuel Macron diagnosed with Covid-19

French president Emmanuel Macron diagnosed with Covid-19

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19.

His office confirmed the news on Thursday via a statement which said he will now be self isolating for the next seven days.

"The President of the Republic has been diagnosed for Covid-19 today," the statement read.

"This diagnosis was made following a PCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms."

The presidential statement did not mention whether Mr Macron's wife Brigitte, who is 67, had also tested positive.

Macron, 42, will reportedly still be running the country and will be working remotely until his isolation period ends.

It isn't yet known exactly where or how he caught the virus, but his office said it was identifying those he had been in close contact with.

Macron becomes the latest world leader to contract coronavirus, most notably UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who ended up in intensive care, and US President Donald Trump.

There have been over two million confirmed cases in France since the start of the pandemic began, with close to 60,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier this week, France imposed an overnight curfew to help deal with a recent surge in cases there.