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European stock markets drop at open

European stock markets retreated at the start of trading on Tuesday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.3 percent to 7,212.77 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index shed 0.7 percent to 13,015.89 points and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.3 percent to 5,821.50, compared with Monday's closing levels.