European stock markets opened mildly lower on Tuesday, driven by losses for banks after Moody's Investors Service stripped France of its triple-A debt rating, lowering it by one notch. Investors will be keeping an eye on the European Union finance ministers meeting along with a speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke later. The Stoxx Europe 600 index fell 0.3% to 267.91, led by a more than 1% drop for HSBC Holdings PLC . The French CAC 40 index fell 0.4% to 3,426.58, the German DAX 30 index lost 0.2% to 7,110.89 and the FTSE 100 index fell 0.4% to 5,715.34
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