In Paris, the CAC 40 added 19.22 points, or 0.52%, to 3,695.60 with help from a report that French consumer spending rose 0.2% in December.
Germany's DAX index gained 1.82 points, or 0.04%, to 4,139.86 as there was little reaction to a report that German retail sales fell 1% last year. German bankers say that the higher currency is unlikely to dent the economic recovery.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index lost 1.69 points, or 0.02%, to close at 11,000.70.
Hong Kong's market was closed for the Lunar New Year celebration.