FTSE held back by falls in mining stocks
Anglo American, Fresnillo and Antofagasta were among the top five fallers in London trading.
Falls were limited to less than 2%. The biggest faller was private hospital group Mediclinic International, which lost 2.3% to a new 12-month low.
Currency markets were quiet. The euro recovered from an earlier slip in Asian trade on Germany's election result.
The pound was stable against the dollar at $1.3497, against the euro it was up 0.1% at 1 euro 13. The euro was flat against the dollar at $1.1949.