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European shares turn negative, erase early gains

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Thursday, erasing earlier gains, with traders citing a variety of concerns including the lack of progress in Greece's discussions with international lenders and Middle East tensions.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.1 percent at 1,099.11 points, while the euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index

also fell 0.1 percent.

There were, however, no marked moves in government bond markets or on the foreign exchanges.

(Reporting by the London markets team Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Simon Jessop)

((sudip.kargupta@thomsonreuters.com)(+44 207 542 9795 /+44 207 542 7717)(Reuters Messaging: sudip.kargupta.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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