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European stock markets drop at open

Europe's main stock markets fell at the start of trading Thursday.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 0.3 percent to 6,888.69 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 lost 0.5 percent to 10,843.89 points and the Paris CAC 40 also shed 0.5 percent to 4,788.76.