Bernard Cazeneuve, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Former French Prime Minister among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, the former French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 16/06/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Cazeneuve for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 56-year-old politician, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Cazeneuve so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the politician have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Senlis Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Senlis (Bernard Cazeneuve's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Bernard Cazeneuve Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 15 Jun 2019
“Congrats! Bernard has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 15 Jun 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Bernard Cazeneuve?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 15 Jun 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Bernard Cazeneuve?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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