Even presidential pets show the occasional disdain for pomp and protocol.
Nemo, the young dog adopted this year by France’s Emmanuel Macron, was caught on camera relieving himself on a gilded fireplace in the Elysee Palace behind a group of junior ministers meeting with the president.
“He’s doing something quite exceptional,” a laughing Macron said.
Asked by junior minister for housing Julien Denormandie whether it was something that happened often, Macron added: “No ... you’ve triggered some completely unusual behavior in my dog, sorry.”Nemo, a black labrador-griffon cross, was adopted by Macron and his wife Brigitte from a shelter home in August.
The footage caused much hilarity on social media sites, where it circulated widely.