European shares closed higher on Tuesday, with investors buoyed by upbeat Chinese and U.S. economic data, and a sanctions settlement by French bank BNP Paribas.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 Index started the second half of the year higher, closing provisionally up 0.9 percent at 1,382.35 points.
The U.K.’s FTSE 100 closed unofficially up 0.9 percent. The German benchmark Dax finished up 0.6 percent and the French Cac ended 0.8 percent higher.
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