French stock market index down

Paris, Aug 19 (IANS) The French stock market benchmark index CAC 40 dropped slightly by 0.27 percent to close at 4,971.25 points, down 13.58 points.

With the petroleum price dropping, the CAC 40 of Paris closed slightly lower on Tuesday with 25 of the 40 selected companies experiencing decrease, while Vivendi stayed the same as previous trading day, Xinhua reported.

The top three gainers were Alcatel-Lucent, up 1.82 percent, Veolia Environnement, up 1.72 percent, and Accor, up 1.49 percent.

The three companies whose stocks dropped were Technip and Valeo, both down 2.01 percent, and Total, down 1.65 percent.

In the previous trading day, the CAC 40 gained a slight advance of 0.57 percent to close at 4,984.83 points, up 28.36 points.

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