European stock markets climb at open

London: European stock markets climbed at the start of trading on Thursday following strong gains in Tokyo and on Wall Street.

London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.4 percent to 6,967.01 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 index advanced 0.7 percent to 11,257.92 points and the Paris CAC 40 added 0.4 percent to 4,993.09.