Prime Minister Jean Castex tested positive on Monday, November 22 in the evening of Covid-19, and “his agenda will be adjusted in the coming days so that he can continue his activities while being isolated” for ten days, according to Matignon.
On Monday afternoon, the president learned that one of his 11-year-old daughters had tested positive. “As a result, he immediately performed a PCR test, which turned out to be positive,” according to Matignon.
On Monday, Jean Castex travelled to Brussels, where he met with his Belgian counterpart, Alexander De Croo. Following the announcement of Jean Castex’s positive test, the latter was quarantined. According to his office, he will undergo a PCR test on Tuesday morning and will not engage in any public activities until the results are received.
Jean Castex was accompanied by the Armed Forces Minister, Florence Parly, the Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, the Justice Minister, Éric Dupond-Moretti, and the Secretary of State for Europe, Clément Beaune.
The delegation included the Director-General of Internal Security, Nicolas Lerner, the Director-General of External Security, Bernard Emie, the National Counterterrorism Prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, and the National Coordinator of Intelligence and the Fight Against Terrorism, Laurent Nunez.
According to Matignon, Jean Castex’s schedule “will be adjusted in the coming days so that he can continue his activities while being in isolation” for ten days. According to his entourage, the Prime Minister was suffering from “slight symptoms” on Monday evening, including a “slight cough.”
The Prime Minister’s office assured that he had “always strictly adhered to barrier gestures,” estimating that “it happened to many parents to be infected by their children” minors under the age of 12 years, who are ineligible for vaccination.
Jean Castex had not seen Emmanuel Macron since the Council of Ministers on Wednesday morning, according to Matignon. The 56-year-old head of government, who received two doses of the vaccine in the spring, had never tested positive before.
Prime Minister Jean Castex on the other hand, had communicated with Covid-19 on three occasions: in September 2020 during the Tour de France after sharing the car of the competition’s director, Christian Prudhomme, a second time following a dinner with Emmanuel Macron in December, and finally in June, after Jean Castex’s wife contracted the disease.
President Emmanuel Macron had previously tested positive in December 2020. Several ministers, including Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot, have also been infected with the virus.
Foreign Trade Minister Franck Riester, as well as the Secretaries of State for the Ecological Transition at the time, Brune Poirson and Emmanuelle Wargon, had tested positive in March 2020.