French President Emmanuel Macron’s dog Nemo seized on a golden opportunity to make a big splash at the Élysée Palace — taking a leak against a gilded fireplace.
Video emerged showing the pooch peeing as the French leader was meeting with members of his government.
The video, first posted by the French LCI news channel, shows Macron meeting with three junior ministers as the dog lifts its leg and begins relieving himself noisily behind them — to the laughter of the politicians.
“I wondered what that noise was,” said Brune Poirson, junior minister for ecology, as translated by the BBC.
“He is doing something quite exceptional,” Macron explained.
French president Emmanuel Macron and his dog NemoAP
“It happens often?” asked Julien Denormandie, junior minister for planning.
“No,” Macron said, still laughing. “You have triggered a totally unusual behavior in my dog.”
Macron and his wife Brigitte bought Nemo, a 2-year-old black Labrador-griffin mix, from the SPA animal refuge in Hermeray for about $300, according to the BBC. It is a tradition for French presidents to have a “first dog.”
Nemo isn’t the first French presidential dog to cause trouble. Nicolas Sarkozy’s dogs damaged thousands of euros’ worth of valuable furniture in the palace, according to French investigative website Mediapart.
And Jacques Chirac’s miniature white Maltese, Sumo — who was unhappy about having to leave the spacious garden at the Elysée — began attacking his owner, The Guardian reported.