European stocks fall at open

Europe's main stock markets fell at the start of trading on Thursday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dipping 0.04 percent to 6,617.88 points.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index decreased 0.35 percent to 8,349.52 points and in Paris the CAC 40 inched down 0.02 percent to stand at 3,962.11 compared with Tuesday's closing values.