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Final results confirm Macron wins French presidential election: Interior Ministry

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-05-08 20:05

PARIS -- Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the 2017 French presidential election with 66.1 percent of the votes cast in a runoff over the weekend, the updated final results published Monday by the French Interior Ministry show.

The results took into account both the votes cast in the French European continent on Sunday, and those in the French overseas territories on Saturday.

The result makes the 39-year-old former economy minster the eighth president of the French Fifth Republic, and the youngest one ever.

With 33.9 percent of the vote, his rival Marine Le Pen garnered the support of more than 10 million voters, a stunning record for her far-right party National Front.

Macron is scheduled to attend a series of events and ceremonies with outgoing president Francois Hollande on Monday.

With nearly 47 million registered voters, abstentions amounted to 25.44 percent, up from 22.23 percent in the first round, the ministry said.

In 2012, abstentions in the second round was only 19.65 percent, according to figures from the French Constitutional Council.

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