London equities fell at the open on Tuesday, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.65 percent at 6,423.57 points.

In the eurozone Frankfurt's DAX 30 sank 0.85 percent to 8,294.87 points and the CAC 40 in Paris shed 0.43 percent to 4,066.36 compared with Monday's closing values.

Asian equities mostly fell on Tuesday after another weak lead from Wall Street, as speculation mounts that the US Federal Reserve will soon start to scale back its stimulus programme, dealers said.