Capri scooter spill leaves ex-French PM in Rome hospital

ROME Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:27am EDT

France's Francois Fillon, delivers a speech as he attends a news conference at the Hotel Matignon in Paris January 14, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

France's Francois Fillon, delivers a speech as he attends a news conference at the Hotel Matignon in Paris January 14, 2012.

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ROME (Reuters) - Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon underwent treatment for a broken foot in a Rome hospital on Monday after falling from a scooter at the weekend while on holiday on the picturesque Italian island of Capri.

Fillon, favorite to become leader of former President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party, was flown by helicopter on Sunday to Rome's Villa Stuart, which specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, after the accident.

The 58-year-old trapped his foot under his scooter after skidding and falling over, sources close to Fillon told Reuters.

Hospital officials said he was in good condition after being operated on by doctors Pierpaolo Mariani and Attilio Santucci, the same surgeons who treated Roma soccer star Francesco Totti and French footballer Philippe Mexes.

"He will be able to continue his political campaign, although all will depend on what the doctors say," sources close to Fillon said. He would return to France in the next few days.

A hospital spokesman said Fillon was visited on Monday by Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, with whom sportscar fan Fillon had been holidaying when the accident occurred.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella and Sophie Louet; Writing by Vickey Buffery; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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