On the other hand, Azimut soared 12.76 percent, after it announced that it was doubling its dividend. Vivendi was among the top performing stocks too, rising 2.7 percent following a rating upgrade, giving a boost to the media sector.
British engineer GKN popped more than 4 percent after suitor Melrose said it planned on meeting GKN shareholders, after the engineering firm rejected a multi-million acquisition proposal last week, Reuters reported.
Over the weekend, news emerged that BNP Paribas was making plans to benefit from the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. The French bank has prepared plans to attract mid-sized British companies, the Financial Times reported.
In Asia, stocks closed mostly higher but Chinese bonds and equities stumbled after the government announced new steps on banking oversight in an "arduous" fight on financial risks, Reuters reported.