Dermot Weld’s Famous Name was agonisingly denied in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly by Vision D’Etat.
The unbeaten colt gave trainer Eric Libaud the biggest victory of his career and was partnered by Ioritz Mendizabal.
1000 Guineas winner Natagora ran a game race for Frankie Dettori and finished third in her bid to become the first member of the fairer sex to land the French Derby in over 100 years.
Dettori elected to let the two pacemakers have their own way in front and settled the grey filly in third.
He took up the running two out but was quickly challenged by favourite High Rock and the eventual winner.
Pat Smullen came with a withering run down the outside on Famous Name and looked likely to get his head in front before Vision D’Etat pulled out more to just prevail.