European stock markets dropped at the start of trading Friday following falls in Asia, as attention switched to the release of key US jobs data ahead of the weekend.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index fell 0.3 percent to 7,534.12 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX index retreated 0.2 percent to 14,455.58 points and the Paris CAC 40 shed 0.5 percent to 6,721.21.