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European stocks drop at open

Reported by AAP
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Europe's main stock markets have slid at the start of trading, with shares in French oil giant Total sliding after the accidental death of its chief executive.

The Paris CAC 40 index on Tuesday sank 0.56 per cent to 3,968.79 points, with Total shares losing as much as two per cent after news that boss Christophe de Margerie had died in a plane accident at a Moscow airport.

Elsewhere, London's FTSE 100 was down 0.20 per cent at 6,254.31 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 dropped 0.28 per cent to 8,693.06 points compared with Monday's closing level.

31/10/2014 21:36Sydney, Australia. 31 October,2014