ROME — After a six-week diplomatic spat that concerned a scuttled nuclear-powered submarine deal and a recalled ambassador, President Biden started a one-on-one effort to fix fences with President Emmanuel Macron of France by saying U.S. dealing with of the matter had been “clumsy.”

“What we did was clumsy,” Mr. Biden advised reporters, sitting beside Mr. Macron simply earlier than they started a personal assembly. “It was not carried out with lots of grace.”

He added, “I had been below the impression lengthy earlier than that France had been knowledgeable.”

France had an settlement to construct conventionally powered submarines for Australia’s navy, however final month the USA and Britain introduced their very own cope with Australia for nuclear-powered subs, as a substitute. Australia referred to as off the cope with France, whose officers had not been advised {that a} pact with the Individuals and British was within the works, infuriating Mr. Macron and others in his authorities.

Washington’s European allies have been already irritated by the dealing with of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which they mentioned Mr. Biden ordered with out consulting them. The therapy of the French submarine deal, they mentioned, was additional proof of American dismissiveness.

Since that agreement was sabotaged, the 2 nations have labored arduous to beat the dispute, and the Biden administration has despatched officers to Paris, together with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, to attempt to easy issues over. Unhappy with the niceties, France has demanded “concrete” outcomes.

“Now what’s essential is to make certain that such a state of affairs won’t be attainable for our future,” Mr. Macron mentioned in his personal remarks to reporters. “That is a particularly essential clarification.”

A few of these outcomes the French have demanded could also be forthcoming, however weren’t introduced when the 2 spoke to reporters earlier than a lengthier diplomatic assembly.

American and French officers mentioned the USA was ready to bolster France’s counterterrorism efforts in Africa, together with probably sending extra reconnaissance planes and drones to the $110 million airfield that the USA has constructed within the desert scrub close to Agadez, Niger.

The Biden administration will even attempt to tackle certainly one of Mr. Macron’s priorities by giving a guarded backing to a European navy power that’s separate from NATO, the officers mentioned.

It could even be considered in Paris as an indication of American respect after the perceived insult of the secretly negotiated Australian submarine deal.

Officers mentioned they hoped the American strikes would put to relaxation the struggle between the USA and France.

“The USA remains to be our main ally,” mentioned Gen. Thierry Burkhard, the French navy’s chief of employees. “However what we want is a really clear signal that belief can nonetheless be there.”