European stock markets slide around 1.5% at open

The central atrium at the London Stock Exchange in central London. Picture: AFP pic)

LONDON: Europe’s main stock markets slid by around 1.5% at the start of trading on Thursday following heavier falls across Asia and on Wall Street.

London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index slumped 1.4% to 7,049.31 points compared with Wednesday’s closing level.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 dropped 1.3% to 11,558.98 points and the Paris CAC 40 shed 1.5% to 5,128.22 points.