Europe Markets: French stocks end lower after Paris attack fuels election uncertainty

French stocks closed lower Friday after a suspected terror attack in Paris just ahead of the country’s presidential election vote, helping to leave the regional equity benchmark with a loss for the week.

The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, +0.02% finished less than 1 point higher at 378.12, and ended the week lower by 0.7%.

In Paris, the CAC 40 PX1, -0.37% ended down by 0.4% at 5,059.20, the last trading session before Sunday’s first round of voting in what’s seen as an extraordinarily tight presidential race.

A gunman late Thursday opened fire on the Champs-Élysées boulevard in Paris, killing a police officer and wounding two others.

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