European shares start month with aplomb, BNP Paribas buoyant
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.8 pct
* BNP Paribas rises on relief at U.S. sanctions settlement
* Chinese data lift mining sector
* BES shares volatile after short-selling ban
By Tricia Wright
LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - European shares began the month with a gain, as BNP Paribas rose on relief it had settled a U.S. sanctions case and mining companies rallied after encouraging economic data came out of China, the world's top metals consumer.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.8 percent at 1,382.03 points by 1500 GMT.
BNP Paribas rose 3.9 percent in trading volume of almost twice its 90-day daily average. It had lost some 20 percent - or $21 billion of its market value - since Feb. 13 when it announced the provision for the fine.
The French bank pleaded guilty to two criminal charges and agreed to pay almost $9 billion to resolve allegations that in many financial dealings it violated U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and Iran. Continuación...