Emmanuel Macron won 66.1 percent of the vote against 33.9 percent for far-right leader Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election, final results from the interior ministry showed on Monday.
Macron received a total of 20,753,797 votes, compared with 10,644,118 for Marine Le Pen, the ministry announced the day after the landmark election.
The abstention rate was 25.44 percent, the highest since the presidential election in 1969.
The interior ministry on Sunday reported a record number of blank and invalid ballots, accounting for nine percent of all registered voters, compared with two percent in the first round.
Together with the abstention rate, that means that one in three voters declined to choose between the two candidates.
The abstention rate was 22.23 percent for during the first round of the election on April 23, making it the first time since the 1969 election that turnout was lower in the second round than in the first.
Casting a blank ballot — traditionally used by disgruntled French voters as a protest vote — usually increases in the second round.
But this year it quadrupled, thanks in part to an unprecedented situation of neither the two mainstream left-leaning or right-leaning parties making it to the run-off.
Trump fumes over Roger Stone’s conviction — and demands to know when Mueller and ‘Shifty Schiff’ get prosecuted
President Donald Trump reacted to Roger Stone's guilty verdict by threatening to jail at least 12 of his political opponents.
His longtime associate was convicted on seven counts, including lying to Congress, on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation of Russian election interference.
"So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come," Trump tweeted. "Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?"
Roger Stone convicted on all seven counts on charges filed in Mueller probe
Roger Stone was convicted Friday on multiple counts on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The longtime associate of President Donald Trump was convicted on all seven counts.
He was charged with lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, witness tampering and other crimes.
Stone was the nexus between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks coordinating the release of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman by Russian hackers, according to investigators.
He potentially faces up to 50 years in prison under the statutes, but most likely will be sentenced to far less.
Trump’s attack on Yovanovitch is ‘exactly’ what Republicans hoped wouldn’t happen: Fox News producer
President Donald Trump attack on former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is "exactly" what Republicans hoped wouldn't happen during the impeachment hearings, according to Fox News' senior Capitol Hill producer.
As Yovanovitch testified during the second public House impeachment hearing on Friday, Trump said on Twitter that everywhere she "went turned bad."
"She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors," he tweeted.