Pale-Faced Macron Says He’ll Keep Working as He Fights Covid

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    French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday blamed his positive test for COVID-19 on a combination of negligence and bad luck, urging his compatriots to stay safe as critics called out slip-ups in his virus-prevention behavior, from a close-quarters handshake to repeated big-group meals over the past week.

    In what looked like a self-shot video from the presidential retreat where he is isolating, riding out symptoms including headaches, fatigue and a dry cough, Macron promised to give daily updates and be “totally transparent” about the evolution of his illness.

    “I am doing well,” he said, speaking softly, dressed casually in a turtleneck top.

    “Normally, there is no reason for it to evolve in a bad way,” he also said.

    The French leader said his infection “shows that the virus really can touch everyone, because I am very protected and am very careful.”

    In France, Macron faced criticism for actions that were seen as setting a bad example as the country sees a new uptick in confirmed cases and doctors warn families to take precautions this holiday season – especially at the dinner table.

    While Macron usually wears a mask and adheres to social distancing rules, and has insisted that his virus strategy is driven by science, the president has been captured on camera in recent days violating France’s virus-control guidelines.

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