Perhaps the reason why the Conservatives are marginalising them is that the former are shaping an electoral coalition big enough to include Leavers and Remainers.
It remains highly likely that Emmanuel Macron will beat Marine Le Pen. But France’s growing euroscepticism should not be ignored.
The established parties have lost their grip on this contest, but their hold on other parts of the country’s system remains strong.
I can just about imagine why a gay Parisian might just decide to send an unequivocal message to the Left at the next election.
Its winner may well face Marine Le Pen in next year’s presidential showdown