Everything appeared to have gone to plan for Orfevre, who carried the weight of a nation's hopes.
Christophe Soumillon dropped Orfevre right out at the back, but he came cruising through in the straight and went at least two lengths clear of Solemia.
However, Carlos Laffon-Parias' four-year-old showed incredible guts under Olivier Peslier to give the rider his fourth win in the race. Masterstroke was third.
Camelot, Aidan O'Brien's 2000 Guineas and dual Derby winner, was given every chance by Frankie Dettori and briefly threatened, but emptied out close home, finishing seventh.
MOTOR RACING: Lewis Hamilton has taken a swipe at his McLaren replacement Sergio Perez, accusing the Mexican of endanger-ing his championship hopes with a "crazy" overtaking attempt during the Japanese Grand Prix.
The pair found themselves bat-tling on the track as they ran sixth and seventh in the early going.
Perez dropped behind Hamilton after running wide while trying to pass Felipe Massa, but made a pass on the Briton at the hairpin in a cloud of tyre smoke as he locked up his left-front tyre.
Hamilton regained the advantage after the first round of pit-stops and, when Perez tried to go around the outside at the hairpin, the Sauber spun off into the gravel and out of the race.
The race was won by Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1hr 28mins 56.242secs, 2 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:29:16.881, 3 Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber-Ferrari 1:29:20.780, 4 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:29:21.340. Britain's Paul di Resta finished 12th.
CRICKET: West Indies had a 36-run victory over Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 final.
England lost by four runs to Australia in the Women's World Twenty20 final, both matches being played in Sri Lanka.