|A Paris court sentenced former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel, 33, to three years in prison.|
The banking sector was the biggest source of gains while a recovery in the automotive sector helped to boost markets.
With political risk back on the agenda, stocks were broadly lower throughout much of the morning before a commodity rally pushed British stocks higher.
A pending Brexit from the single market and questions over the EU's survival put politics back on the agenda.
A bloodbath in insurance stocks and a pullback in the banking sector weighed on European benchmarks.