European shares fall, travel stocks hit by attack in France

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European shares fall, travel stocks hit by attack in France
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LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - European stock markets fell on Friday, with the shares of travel and leisure companies dropping after an attack in the French city of Nice that killed more than 80 people.

A gunman at the wheel of a heavy truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice late on Thursday, killing at least 84 people and injuring scores more in what French President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act. pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX fell 0.3 percent, with France's CAC .FCHI equity index down by 0.5 percent.

Shares in French hotels operator Accor ACCP.PA fell 4 percent, while shares in airlines such as Air France-KLM AIRF.PA , easyJet EZJ.L and British Airways' owner International Consolidated Airlines Group ICAG.L also fell by between 1.6 to 3 percent.

Shares in Swiss luxury goods companies Swatch UHR.S and Richemont CFR.S also slumped after Swatch issued a profit warning, with Swatch shares sliding 12 percent.

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