But much of the enthusiasm has worn off, partly because voters are confused and dissatisfied with the choice on offer. Many complain the campaign has been hijacked by politicians' opportunistic attempts to boost poll numbers any way they can.
Candidates have neglected no niche audience, however small. The three main candidates all gave interviews to a magazine dedicated to wood houses, while Bayrou spoke to Funerarium, a magazine for funeral parlors and Royal talked to Rottweiler News.
Which "niche audience" needs special attention from the French presidential candidates next? Does NAMBLA have a French equivalent?