February 22, 2018

Macron's dog finds his own way of saying 'oui' to president's guests

24 October 2017, 12:40 | Rufus Hill

The footage was shown on the French channel TF1.

President Macron may like to see himself as Jupiter, the king of gods, but his dog, Nemo, has failed to get the message.

Junior Minister for Planning Julien Denormandie and Junior Minister for Ecology Brune Poirson couldn't keep a straight face in front of their boss, when earnest discussions of matters of state in front of LCI cameras were interrupted by the sound of streaming liquid.

"I wondered what that noise was", Ms Poirson says as the meeting breaks into laughter.

The president and his wife Brigitte adopted the two-year-old black Labrador-Griffon cross earlier this year from an animal rescue centre.

The officials couldn't stop laughing over the incident with Macron saying that his pet had never behaved like that before and "was doing something quite exceptional".

Macron was then asked by another minister, "Does this happen often?" and replied, jokingly, "No". "You have sparked a totally unusual behaviour in my dog", he says.

The French president walks down the steps of Elysee Palace with his dog, Nemo, in August.

It's not the first time a dog has caused trouble at the palace. Nicolas Sarkozy's dogs caused so much damage gnawing the edges of historic furniture that thousands of euros of restoration work was needed after Sarkozy's departure, according to the investigative website Mediapart. The dog had apparently become depressed after moving into a smaller living space and repeatedly attacked Chirac.

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