French President Emmanuel Macron may have swept to victory in the elections earlier in the year, but not everything has gone to plan since then.
After the pro-EU centrist won 66 per cent of the vote in May, his disapproval ratings rose to 62 per cent in August.
Now, he’s suffered the indignity of his dog urinating during a meeting at the opulent Elysée palace.
Hilarious footage has emerged showing the black labrador-griffon cross, called Nemo, relieving himself in the fireplace.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s dog Nemo caused a stir at a ministerial meeting at the Elysée Palace…
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Macron was holding talks with three junior members of his government at the time, but laughed off the incident.
After realising what has happened they can all be heard giggling. “I wondered what that noise was,” the junior minister for ecology, Brune Poirson, says.
In the video, Macron can be heard saying that Nemo has done something “quite exceptional”. Junior minister for planning Julien Denormandie asks if this is something that “happens often”.
“You’ve triggered completely unusual behaviour in my dog,” Macron says.
In France, there is a tradition of presidents owning a dog, and Nemo has become a trusted companion of Marcon.
He was pictured with Marcon on the palace steps as France welcomed Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou.
He is the first French presidential pet to come from a rescue centre.
On Friday, Macron said that work on settling Britain’s financial obligations to the EU when it leaves was not even halfway done.
“A lot is in the hands of Theresa May,” he told a news conference at the end of an EU summit.
He also suggested the UK is “bluffing” over leaving the EU with no deal, drawing an angry response from Liam Fox.
International trade secretary said Macron was “completely wrong”.