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Europe: Stocks fall at open after Nice attack

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[LONDON] Europe's main stock markets fell at the open on Friday, with sentiment hit by the fatal Nice truck attack according to traders, offsetting Wall Street records and positive Chinese data.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.2 per cent to 6,641.75 points compared with the close on Thursday.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 slipped 0.4 per cent to 10,031.18 points and the Paris CAC 40 shed 0.4 per cent to 4,367.43.

"In focus today will be last night's tragic Bastille Day attack in Nice," said Accendo Markets analyst Mike van Dulken in London.

A gunman on Thursday smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 84 people in what President Francois Hollande declared a "terrorist" attack.

AFP