According to a top source, the former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 11/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Valls 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 55-year-old politician, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Valls 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 ‘Barcelona Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Barcelona (Manuel Valls' 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:
“Manuel Valls Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 10 Dec 2017
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveManuel”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 10 Dec 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Manuel Valls?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 10 Dec 2017
Could 2017 officially be the Year of Manuel Valls?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?
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