Christophe Barbier, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

L'Express.'s managing editor among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, L'Express.'s managing editor Christophe Barbier is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the journalist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 06/02/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Barbier 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 journalist, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Barbier 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 journalist have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Sallanches Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Sallanches (Christophe Barbier's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#BarbierPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 5 Feb 2023
“Congrats! Christophe has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 5 Feb 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Christophe Barbier?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 5 Feb 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Christophe Barbier?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2023 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023?

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