"The populist Right continues to just outdraw any left-leaning populism nearby."
Actually, no, that's why the Macron candidacy was so devious and divisive, and why the treachery of the (not) Socialists will prove historic. If they'd been real socialists, they would have backed Melenchon and Hamon would have withdrawn and thrown his weight behind Jean-Luc. Instead they made it clear they preferred neoliberal banskster interventionist Macron.
Because, head-to-head, Melenchon would have wiped the floor with Marine Le Pen. Just like Bernie against Drumph. The lefty populists in the Le Pen camp would have deserted her for him, and the centrists would have held their noses to keep Marine out.
Once again, thanks to the treachery of the bankster-beholden political elite, we're looking at the possibility of another far-right victory. Which, truth be told, I think they prefer to the choice of equity, decency, and peace.
F**k them all.