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Europe: Stocks fall at open

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[LONDON] Europe's main stock markets fell at the start of trading on Wednesday after strong and widespread gains in recent sessions.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.2 per cent to 6,668.61 points, as British Prime Minister David Cameron steps down Wednesday after his resignation in the wake of Britain's vote to quit the European Union.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 lost 0.2 per cent to 9,941.99 points and the Paris CAC 40 dipped less than 0.1 per cent to open at 4,329.53.

Britain's new prime minister is Theresa May, who steps up from the role of interior minister in the Conservative government.