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European shares tumble as Turkish turmoil hits banks

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European shares tumble as Turkish turmoil hits banks
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index, DAX board, is seen at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Staff/File Photo   -   Copyright  Reuters Staff(Reuters)

MILAN (Reuters) – European shares fell on Friday morning as worries over a plunging Turkish lira weighed, with banks most exposed to the country among the biggest losers.

Shares in France’s BNP Paribas <BNPP.PA>, Italy’s UniCredit <CRDI.MI> and Spain’s BBVA <BBVA.MC> fell by around 3 percent after the Financial Times reported that the European Central Bank is concerned about their exposure to Turkey in light of the lira’s dramatic fall.

While most sectors were trading in negative territory, banks were the biggest sectoral fallers, down 1.3 percent. By 0714 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> was down 0.5 percent.

“There are some big moves still in Turkey and Russia that are preventing everyone from enjoying the summer,” said Deutsche Bank strategists Jim Reid and Jeff Cai in their morning note.

Elsewhere, a profit warning from K+S <SDFGn.DE> sent shares in the German potash miner tumbling 8.8 percent to the bottom of the STOXX index.

(Reporting by Danilo Masoni; Editing by Susan Fenton)