‘Does that happen often?’ junior minister asks French leader after labrador-griffon cross relieves himself against a fireplace

Like other French presidents before him, Emmanuel Macron knows the value of a photogenic dog at the Élysée Palace. His black labrador-griffon cross, Nemo, is the first French presidential pet to come from a rescue centre, and since his arrival this summer he has been photographed in the gardens and even standing to attention on the palace steps to welcome Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou.

But two-year-old Nemo brought a whole new meaning to the term presidential leaks this weekend when he cocked his leg for a long and abundant wee against an ornamental fireplace in Macron’s gilded office during a filmed meeting between the president and junior ministers.

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