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French president's dog disrupts meeting, urinates on fireplace

By: The Associated Press
October 28, 2017 Updated: October 28, 2017 at 9:42 am
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Nemo urinates on a fireplace in the Elysee palace during a meeting between French president Emmanuel Macron and junior ministers. Image from a video by the BBC.

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron's dog Nemo interrupted a meeting his master was having with members of his government when he urinated against a fireplace in the Elysee Palace.

French TV channel LCI on Sunday broadcast the incident, which was caught on film in a gilded and chandeliered room in the presidential palace.

When Macron realized his black Labrador-Griffon cross had just relieved himself nearby, he told the ministers that the dog "was doing something quite exceptional."

Asked by one if it happened often, Macron laughed and told him: "You have triggered completely unusual behavior in my dog."

Nemo was adopted in August by Macron and his wife, Brigitte, and named after Captain Nemo, the fictional hero of Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." Macron is a fan of the book.

Nemo was adopted from an animal shelter and is believed to be about 1 to 2 years old.

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