Laurent Ruquier, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

Laurent Ruquier among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Laurent Ruquier is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the television host's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 13/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Ruquier 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 54-year-old television host, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Ruquier 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 television host have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Le Havre Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Le Havre (Laurent Ruquier's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Laurent Ruquier Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 12 Dec 2017
“Congrats! Laurent has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 12 Dec 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Laurent Ruquier?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 12 Dec 2017

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Laurent Ruquier?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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