In Paris, the CAC-40 index closed down 15.90 points, or 0.51%, at 3,103.34. In Frankfurt, the DAX index closed 30.95 points higher, or 0.97%, at 3,217.34.
Asian markets finished lower on Tuesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index backed across the 9,000 mark in its biggest one-day decline in three months, closing down 217.88 points, or 2.38%, to 8,919.26. Major bank stocks fell, such as UFJ Holdings, which lost 4.32%; Sumitomo Mitsui FG, which shed 4.53%; and Mizuho FG, down 3.92%. Blue-chips and high-tech shares were down across the board, such as Honda Motor, which lost 5.3%; Sony, down 3.5%; Nikon, down 2.3%; and NTT DoCoMo, which finished the day down 3.3%.
Profit taking continued on Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index. Stocks fell 104.94 points, or 1.08%, to 9,629.35.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 25.78 points, or 0.37%, to 6,988.88.