US President Joe Biden has told France’s Emmanuel Macron that the US was “clumsy” over a security pact signed between the UK, US, and Australia that lost France billions.
It was the first meeting between the two leaders since the Aukus pact – which will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines – was agreed.
Aukus caused a row with France, which lost a $37bn deal with Australia.
Mr Macron said it was important to “look to the future”.
The meeting between the two presidents took place at France’s Vatican embassy in Rome, Villa Bonaparte.
It was part of a series of meetings between the US president and world leaders ahead of the G20 summit of major economies this weekend and next week’s UN climate summit, COP26, in Scotland.