Indications from polling booths “not good” for Fillon

PARIS (Reuters) – The first indications from polling booths are “not good” for conservative challenger Francois Fillon, French senator and key Fillon supporter Roger Karoutchi told reporters on Sunday.

Francois Fillon, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 French presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, holds his ballot as he exits the voting booth in the first round of 2017 French presidential election in Paris, France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Christophe Archambault/Pool

“If I had a good feeling about it I would not be drinking Coca-Cola but that is what I am drinking now,” he said.

“The first indications are not good,” he said.

He added that he did not expect Fillon would support either centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right Marine Le Pen in the second round in two weeks.

(Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing Richard Balmforth)

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