(Reuters) – European shares slipped on Thursday as investor sentiment was dented by global growth slowdown fears but gains in France thanks to strong earnings helped set a lower limit to the broader decline.

The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Staff

The U.S. Federal Reserve maintained its patient stance on Wednesday citing risks from a cooling global economy and an unresolved trade dispute with China and potentially the European Union, which came shortly after the European Central Bank had also maintained its dovish stance.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index dipped 0.1 percent at 0716 GMT, with only Paris in the positve territory, up 0.3 percent.

Ireland’s Brexit-sensitive ISEQ stock index was flat after