French President Emmanuel Macron (right) and US President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the French embassy to the Vatican in Rome on Friday. Photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) and US President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the French embassy to the Vatican in Rome on Friday. Photo: AFP

US was ‘clumsy’ in Aukus submarine deal, Joe Biden tells France’s Emmanuel Macron

  • The two leaders had their first face-to-face meeting since the secret arrangement was unveiled in September, rattling Europe’s faith in its American ally
  • Biden did not formally apologise to Macron, but did concede that the deal to supply Australia with submarines was ‘not done with a lot of grace’

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) and US President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the French embassy to the Vatican in Rome on Friday. Photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) and US President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the French embassy to the Vatican in Rome on Friday. Photo: AFP
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