March 2, 2020 / 12:18 PM / a month ago

France's Macron cancels events to focus on coronavirus response

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (not pictured) hold a joint news conference during a one day Italo-Franco summit in Naples, Italy February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron cancelled two scheduled events this week to focus on France’s response to the coronavirus crisis, his office said on Monday.

A visit to southwestern France on Wednesday was postponed while his attendance at the Jewish group CRIF’s annual dinner on Tuesday was cancelled.

“It doesn’t mean the president is self-isolating, this is to make sure he is available to manage the situation,” the official said.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Alison Williams

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