French President's Dog Interrupts Meeting By Peeing On Ornate Fireplace

Like other French presidents before him, Emmanuel Macron knows the value of a photogenic dog at the Élysée Palace.

The 18-month-old Labrador-griffon cross showed scant respect for his master's might by urinating on an ornate fireplace during a meeting at the Élysée Palace.

Macron was in a meeting with junior ministers when Nemo decided it was time to take a slash in the fireplace, something those in the meeting were quick to notice.

The Macrons adopted the dog from a rescue centre in August.

He is regularly photographed accompanying Mr Macron and the First Lady on official duties. While the rather loud peeing session was ongoing, Macron and his junior ministers just sat there, helplessly watching.

"I wondered what that noise was", said Brune Poirson, who is the junior minister for ecology.

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"It happens often?" asks one of the ministers.

"You have sparked a totally unusual behaviour in my dog", Mr Macron said.

As noted by the Guardian, Nemo isn't alone when it comes to misbehaving in the president's residence.

French presidential dogs have had a history of acting up. French investigative website Mediapart reported that Nicolas Sarkozy's dogs damaged valuable furniture in the palace that cost thousands of euros to restore.

Then there was Sumo, a miniature white Maltese poodle belonging to former French president Jacques Chirac.


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