European stock markets slide at open

London: European stock markets fell at the start of trading on Wednesday, with London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.3 percent at 7,157.50 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 index shipped 0.3 percent to 11,178.75 points and the Paris CAC 40 index shed 0.4 percent to 5,060.65 compared with Tuesday’s close.