France’s Macron got 10m more votes than Le Pen in election

French President Emmanuel Macron

Final results from the French presidential election show that winner Emmanuel Macron received 10 million more votes than far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

The official tally published by the interior ministry showed that Mr Macron collected 20.8 million votes, or 66.1%, while Ms Le Pen garnered 10.6 million votes, or 33.9%.

Mr Macron’s election support was the second highest for a French president in recent history. Jacques Chirac received 25.5 million votes, 82.2% of the tally, in 2002.

Ms Le Pen’s result was both a personal best and a best for her National Front party in a national election.

Turnout was 74.6%, the lowest for a French presidential run-off in 48 years.

With 12.1 million voters who did not cast ballots, there were more non-voters than Le Pen voters in Sunday’s election.

In another sign of discontent with the two candidates, a record number of four million voters cast blank or spoiled ballots.

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