European stock markets drop at open

European markets
European markets
Adam Gault

European stock markets slid at the start of trading on Thursday following a mixed performance in Asia.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.8% to 6 335.21 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index fell 0.8% to 13 096.84 points and the Paris CAC 40 retreated 0.7% to 5 475.42.

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