European stocks close higher

Europe's main stock markets closed in an upbeat mode Thursday, with London's FTSE 100 index of leading companies up 0.74 percent at 6,529.41 points.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 closed 1.10 percent higher at 8,058.37 points, and in Paris the CAC 40 finished at the highest mark of the year, rising 0.93 percent at 3,871.58 points.