Covid-19: the state of health of the President of the Republic, a very sensitive subject

STORY – Emmanuel Macron is permanently accompanied by his personal doctor, from the military health service.

In France, the state of health of the President of the Republic is a sensitive subject, not to say taboo. From the Waldenström disease of Georges Pompidou made up until his death in “bad flu“, To the prostate cancer of François Mitterrand hidden for eleven years (despite regular health reports, but false), medical secrecy and respect for private life have most often prevailed, rightly or wrongly.

Moreover, the Constitution does not provide for any duty of transparency on the part of the Head of State on his health. Note that in 2017, during the presidential campaign, the candidate Macron estimated “It is normal that the French are despite everything informed, in reasonable proportions, of the health of the president, who must be able to fulfill his office. (…) Without falling of course into a form of voyeurism ”. Since then, these health reports are still pending … A few hours after the announcement of his positive test, what do we really know about the President’s state of health

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