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President Macron has new 'first dog'

By AP Reporters

A rescue dog called Nemo has taken his place 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 aged between one and 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 understood to be a fan of the book.

Nemo appeared at ease in his new role yesterday 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. Mr Hollande had a female Labrador called Philae during his tenure at the Elysée Palace, which has a spacious garden. The dog was a gift from French war veterans living in Montreal, Canada.

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