Wednesday 17 January 2018

In pictures: Emanuel and Brigitte Macron's new rescue dog attends his first palace event

France's President Emmanuel Macron walks down the steps of the Elysee Palace, with his newly adopted dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, as he prepares to welcome the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, in Paris, France, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
France's President Emmanuel Macron walks down the steps of the Elysee Palace, with his newly adopted dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, as he prepares to welcome the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, in Paris, France, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron and his dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, leave at the Elysee Palace to greet a guest in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
French President Emmanuel Macron's dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou (L) is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for talks on EU integration, defense and migration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. French President's new dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo is seen on the stairs. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron's dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron's dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron stands next to his dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, as he waits for a guest at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron stands next to his dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, as he waits for a guest at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron and his dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, wait for a guest at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron's dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron's dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
France's President Emmanuel Macron waits on the steps of the Elysee Palace, with his newly adopted dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, as he prepares to welcome the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, in Paris, France, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain are meeting with African counterparts to find ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean to European shores. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
French President Emmanuel Macron and his dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, leave at the Elysee Palace to greet a guest in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron and his dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, leave at the Elysee Palace to greet a guest in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
French President Emmanuel Macron and his dog Nemo, a labrador crossed griffon, waits with the President on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Aug.28, 2017. The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain are meeting Monday with counterparts from Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron's dog, a labrador crossed griffon named Nemo, follows the President on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Aug.28, 2017. The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain are meeting Monday with counterparts from Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A Labrador cross called Nemo has taken his first steps as France's "first dog" after being adopted by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.

The couple adopted the black male Griffiondor - a cross between a Labrador retriever and a wirehaired pointing griffon - from an animal shelter over the weekend.

The dog is one to two years old.

The Elysee Palace press service said Nemo was named after Captain Nemo, the fictional hero of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

Mr Macron is a fan of the book.

Nemo appeared at ease in his new role on Monday as he accompanied Mr Macron on the presidential palace steps to welcome President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.

Since the early 1970s, all French presidents have had Labrador dogs.

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