France's Hollande says Clinton is only choice in US election
French president Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a press conference, on September 18, 2014 at the Elysee palace in Paris (AFP)

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday there was no alternative in the U.S. presidential election to backing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Whoever wins the American presidential election - and we hope it's her rather than him, without taking sides, but there isn't even a choice," Hollande said in a speech in Paris.

(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; writing by John Irish; Editing by Dominic Evans)