Europe's main stock markets fell at the start of trading on Tuesday, with investor focus stuck firmly on the fallout from Greece's weekend elections.
Frankfurt's DAX 30 slipped 0.32 percent to 6,548.74 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 0.75 percent to 3,190.18 points.
London's FTSE 100 index, which was trading for the first time this week after a long holiday weekend in Britain, dipped 0.04 percent to 5,652.84 points compared with Friday's closing level.
Europe's major stock markets had closed higher on Monday as positive German economic data helped to offset Greece's political and financial turmoil.
Greek stocks closed down a massive 6.67 percent after mainstream parties fell short of a governing majority in Sunday's election, putting at risk hard-won agreements to save the country's economy and eurozone membership.