French President Emmanuel Macron’s dog interrupted a meeting between his master and government officials by urinating on a fireplace in the Élysée Palace.
The antics of Nemo, a black Labrador-Griffon mix, were captured on video by French TV station TF1, as they recorded a recent meeting between Macron and three junior ministers regarding inner-city investment.
In the video, Nemo can be seen relieving himself on a gilded fireplace as the meeting proceeds, with the sound garnering the attention of the group.
“I was wondering what that noise was,” Brune Poirson, junior minister for ecological and inclusive transition, said in French, as the group laughs.
Macron noted that Nemo had done something “quite exceptional,” according to The U.K. Daily Mail.
In the humorous moment, Julien Denormandie, junior minister of territorial cohesion, asked if such a thing “happens often.”
“No,” Macron replied lightly. “You’ve triggered completely unusual behavior in my dog, sorry.”
In August, Macron and his wife, Brigitte, adopted Nemo from an animal refuge in Hermeray, on the western outskirts of Paris, reportedly paying approximately $300 for him, according to BBC News.
The dog had reportedly been abandoned in Tulle, in the southern Corrèze region, the home of Macron’s predecessor, François Hollande.
Nemo was named after Captain Nemo, the fictional hero who commands the submarine “Nautilus” in the Jules Verne classic “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” which Macron is said to love.
Social media users also found Nemo’s behavior humorous, with one quipping, “This leak warrants an investigation!”
This leak warrants an investigation!
BBC News – Macron's dog Nemo filmed peeing on Elysée fireplace https://t.co/rmH5fMzOx5
— Dr Boyan Bonev (@drbonev) October 23, 2017
Nemo’s stunt is not the first to be pulled by a “first dog” living in the Élysée Palace. According to French investigative website Mediapart, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s dogs damaged valuable furniture in the palace, costing the government thousands of euros to restore.
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