Macron's dog pees on Elysée Palace fireplace as cameras roll

Immanuel Macron

Immanuel Macron

This was a situation that the French President Emmanuel Macron probably did not have any control over.

Media favorite Nemo, the dog of French President Emmanuel Macron, has been caught in a steaming hot controversy after derailing a filmed meeting with top officials by urinating on a gilded fireplace at the Elysee Palace. "I wondered what that noise was", the junior minister for ecology, Brune Poirson, says.

The footage, captured by a French TV channel, showed Nemo interrupting the gathering as the sound of him peeing caused those present to turn around and then giggle.

Junior Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Julien Denormandie, asked if this kind of thing happened often, to which Macron laughed and replied, "You have sparked a totally unusual behaviour in my dog".

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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.

In France, there is a tradition of presidents owning a dog, and Nemo has become a trusted companion of Marcon.

It's not the first time a dog has caused trouble at the palace.

He is the first French presidential pet to come from a rescue centre. The dog had apparently become depressed after moving into a smaller living space and repeatedly attacked Chirac.

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