Net profit climbed to €3.17bn (£2.65bn) in the first half, pushed higher from the £12.5bn EE sale.
Revenue also climbed thanks to strong sales growth in Spain. It rose by 2.7 per cent to €20.8bn.
Orange is being forced to cut prices for mobile and broadband services around Europe due to high levels of competition for market share.
Competition in the mobile market in the US is forcing Sprint – the fourth largest US carrier – to make similar cuts in a bid to attract customers.
Orange said adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rose 2.3 per cent to €3.34bn on revenue of €10.07bn ror the three months to 30 June.
Analysts polled by FactSet had forecast adjusted Ebitda of €3.34bn on sales of €10.12bn for the period.
The sale of Orange's 50 per cent stake in EE to BT in late January involved a £3.44bn cash offering and a four per cent stake in BT.
BT's interest in EE was driven by a desire to be able to offer so-called quadplay to consumers – where a customer is sold fixed-line phone, mobile, internet and TV services as one package.
Virgin Media and TalkTalk are already making a success of the strategy while Vodafone and Sky are gearing up to do the same.