Rachida Dati, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

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

According to a credible source, the former French Minister of Justice Rachida Dati 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 21/08/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Dati 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 53-year-old politician, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Dati so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she 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 ‘Saint-Rémy Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Saint-Rémy (Rachida Dati'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:

“#DatiPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 20 Aug 2019
“Congrats! Rachida has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 20 Aug 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Rachida Dati?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 20 Aug 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Rachida Dati?

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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