Valérie Pécresse, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Former French Minister of Budget among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, the former French Minister of Budget Valérie Pécresse is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 19/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Pécresse 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 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Pécresse 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 ‘Neuilly-sur-Seine Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Valérie Pécresse'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:

“Valérie Pécresse Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 18 Aug 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveValérie”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 18 Aug 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Valérie Pécresse?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Aug 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Valérie Pécresse?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2022 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2022?

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