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Europe Markets: French stocks rise ahead of European peers despite election risk

French stocks rose Thursday, performing better than broader European equities, as gains for Publicis Groupe SA and Pernod Ricard SA helped relieve pressure from concerns over the outcome of Sunday’s presidential election vote.

In Paris, the CAC 40 PX1, +0.84% moved up 0.8% to 5,043.71. That was better than the Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.01% which trudged up 0.1% and has been slipping between small gains and losses. The pan-European index was held back by losses in the commodity sector, but consumer goods and financial shares were rising.

France factor: Investors were sifting through a new batch of earnings reports Thursday.

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