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LONDON, Dec 19 AFP

December 19 2012, 7:25PM

Europe's main stock markets have advanced in opening deals, with London's FTSE 100 index of top companies up 0.23 per cent at 5,949.57 points.

Elsewhere, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index won 0.28 per cent to 7,675.33 points and in Paris the CAC 40 gained 0.37 per cent to 3,662.19 on Wednesday.