The French president walks down the steps of Elysee Palace with his dog, Nemo, in August. (Francois Mori/AP)

Even presidential pooches can be shamed on social media.

French President Emmanuel Macron's dog, Nemo, interrupted a meeting his owner was having with government officials Sunday when the dog peed against a fireplace in the Elysee Palace.

The footage, captured by a French TV channel, showed Nemo interrupting the gathering as the sound of him peeing caused those present to turn around and then giggle.

"He's doing something quite exceptional," Macron said, laughing.

Asked by a junior minister whether it happened often, Macron said: "You have triggered completely unusual behavior in my dog."

Nemo, a black Labrador-griffon mix, was adopted from a shelter in August by Macron and his wife, Brigitte, and named after Captain Nemo, the hero of Jules Verne's book "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."

The video has circulated widely on social media sites worldwide, causing much amusement.

— From news services