Agence France-PresseApril 17, 2013 10:46
European stock markets fell on Wednesday, with Frankfurt shares briefly shedding more than 2.0 percent as speculation swirled over a potential credit rating downgrade, dealers said.
In afternoon trade, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index of top companies sank as low as 7,514.01 points. It later stood at 7,547.77, down 1.75 percent from Tuesday's closing level.
Elsewhere, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index slid 0.58 percent to 6,238.31 points, and in Paris the CAC 40 dropped 1.48 percent to 3,631.23 points.