The 39-year-old president and his wife Brigitte adopted a black labrador-griffon mix at the weekend, whom they have named Nemo after the captain in Jules Verne's science fiction classic, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.
Nemo - who is aged between one and two and was adopted from a shelter for abandoned dogs - was glimpsed on Monday scampering around the Elysee Palace in a red collar, under the watchful eye of footmen in frock coats.
Most have picked a labrador, though World War II hero Charles de Gaulle had a pint-sized corgi - a gift from Britain's Queen Elizabeth.
Across the Atlantic, torrents of ink were spilt on ex-president Barack Obama's pet dogs Bo and Sunny. Click for more trending news