ROME, July 30 (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, favourite to become leader of former President
Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party, was flown by
helicopter on Sunday to Rome's Villa Stuart, which specialises
in orthopaedic 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)