Global stocks mixed ahead of French vote

Beijing • European stocks declined while most Asian markets rose Friday ahead of the first round of voting in France’s closely watched presidential election. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France’s CAC-40 retreated 0.6 percent to 5,043.53 and London’s FTSE-100 shed just under 0.1 percent to 7,124.36. Germany’s DAX was little-changed at 12,023.01. On Wall Street, the future for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 0.1 percent while that for the Dow Jones industrial average was unchanged. FREN...

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