Markets in Europe came under severe pressure in the last half hour of trade, after news out of the U.S. rattled sentiment in both regions.
U.S. stocks tanked on Friday, following a report by ABC News which claimed Michael Flynn was directed by President Trump to talk to Russians, and would testify that he was directed to make contact. The major averages hit their session lows, with the Dow Jones industrial average briefly tumbling more than 300 points before paring somewhat.
Switching back to Europe, the high-flying tech sector was one of the worst performers Friday amid a sign of investors' anxiety about parts of the market that have seen robust performance inflows this year. The sector slipped 1.58 percent.
Autos fell further, closing down 1.88 percent, with French and German automakers slipping to the bottom of the group. Travel & leisure, Oil & Gas, and Basic Resources, were the only sectors to provisionally close in the black.
Looking at individual stocks, Royal Mail tumbled near to the bottom of the European benchmark, after Deutsche Bank, Berenberg and Jefferies all cut their target price for the stock. Shares fell almost 4 percent by the close. Peugeot slipped 2.73 percent after Citigroup cut its rating and price target on the stock.
Meanwhile, Indivior rose 3 percent by the close, off its session highs, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its Sublocade treatment for opioid-use disorder. The U.K. pharma firm said the treatment would be made available in the U.S. in the first three months of 2018.
Media outlet, Daily Mail and General Trust finished at the top of the STOXX 600, up over 5 percent, recovering some of the sharp losses it posted in the previous session.