France’s political infrastructure has fallen prey to the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, with four members of the National Assembly, the culture minister, and one worker reported infected as of Tuesday.
The first case was confirmed on Friday, when conservative parliamentarian Jean-Luc Reitzer was ushered into intensive care in Mulhouse, France, bordering Switzerland, and he has since stabilized.
Over the weekend, conservative MP Elisabeth Toutut-Picard was also hospitalized due to the virus, but has now returned home. She is a member of La Republique En Marche (LREM), President Emmanuel Macron’s party.
Also on Friday, LREM member Guillaume Vuilletet tested