European stock markets slide at open

London - Europe's main stock markets slid at the start of trading on Tuesday following sharp losses in Asia and on Wall Street as traders banked profits from recent strong gains.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.5% to 7 635.25 points compared with the close on Monday.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 retreated 0.8% to 13 223.97 points and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.5% to 5 493.93.

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