François Fillon, TIME's Person of the Year 2024?

Former French Prime Minister among finalists for TIME’s 2024 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, the former French Prime Minister François Fillon is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2024. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 02/03/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Fillon 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 69-year-old politician, as a 2024 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Fillon 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 ‘Le Mans Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Le Mans (François Fillon'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:

“François Fillon Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 1 Mar 2024
“Congrats! François has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 1 Mar 2024
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not François Fillon?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 1 Mar 2024

Could 2024 officially be the Year of François Fillon?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2024 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2024?

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