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While the White House remains without a First Dog for the first time in years, the Elysee Palace just acquired a new one. On Sunday 27 August, French President Emmanuel Macron has adopted Nemo, a labrador/griffon cross, from Société protectrice des animaux (SPA).

Two-year-old Nemo came into the SPA’a care in December 2016, after being abandoned. Described as “very sociable” in a SPA statement, Nemo didn’t seem to be catching the attention of any potential adopters. To give him a better chance at finding a home, the SPA moved him to another shelter – where he eventually caught the eye of none other than the presidential couple.

Taking the role of ‘premier chien’ after François Hollande’s labrador Philae, Nemo has made his first public appearance the day following his adoption. He stood on the steps of the Elysee Palace as Macron welcomed Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, displaying impeccable manners. Nemo walked on heel and stood by his owner, unfazed by the flashes of photographers and even by the playing band, before following Macron back inside.

Natacha Harry, SPA Volunteer President, said, “The SPA is pleased with the adoption of Nemo by President Macron and his wife. This is a new and generous approach. The SPA wishes the President and the First Lady great happiness with their new companion. “

Image by Charles Platiau.

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