The FTSE 100 surges 1.5% to 7,223.23 as investors react positively to the results of the first round of voting in French presidential elections.
Although right-wing populist candidate Marine Le Pen made the second round, her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron is widely expected to prevail in the final run-off on 7 May.
Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo (CHOO) gains 4% to 175.3p as it announces a strategic review to look at ways of maximising value for shareholders including through a sale of the company. The company listed in October 2014 with an issue price of 140p.
Gold mining play Randgold Resources (RRS) falls 3.5% to £68.25 as it unveils plans to extend the operation life of its Tongon mine in Ivory Coast beyond its current four-year lifespan. The weakness reflecting a slump in gold prices as investors moved out of safe havens in the wake of the French election result.
Staying in the resources sector, Anglo American (AAL) gains 2.2% to £11.42 as it shrugs off a first quarter drop in copper production to maintain full year guidance and reports strong diamond and iron ore output.