Carli Lloyd scored for a second straight game at the Olympics, touching home a rebound of a Tobin Heath shot that was saved off the post in the 63rd minute, and Hope Solo came up with three important saves to mark the 200th cap of her career.
For France, the defeat is more frustration against the Americans despite turning in a strong showing and threatening the U.S.
France's Wendie Renard and Marie-Laure Delie had the best chances in the first half, forcing Solo to make two difficult saves.
goalkeeper came off her line, cut down the angle and stuffed the shot with her legs, not yielding a rebound.
Lloyd put the USA ahead just after the hour mark, after Heath's shot from the left was put off the post by Bouhaddi.