European stock markets close down after week of losses -
Europe's major stock markets slid on Friday as investors fled for safe havens amid US air strikes in Iraq and fierce fighting on Ukraine's eastern border, but closed off multi-month lows. London's benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.45 percent to 6,567.36 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 inched down 0.05 percent at 4,147.81 points. The Stoxx Europe 600, which tracks a basket of companies from across Europe, closed at its lowest point since late March. "The market remains extremely fragile as we approach the weekend with the first strike in Iraq added to the very difficult situation in Ukraine," said Alexander Baradez, an analyst at IG France.