The CAC 40 index lost 0.33 points to 5,343.93 points, in an average trade volume of 3.4 billion euros. The day before, it ended up 0.51%.
The Parisian rating began slightly up before stalling and then hesitate on the trend to follow after the publication of Jerome Powell's speech before the US Congress.
The president of the US central bank on this occasion painted an optimistic picture of the US economy, and confirmed that the Fed would continue its gradual rate increases.
Indeed, inflation should "rise" this year, recalled Mr. Powell, evoking the theme that caused the market turmoil at the beginning of February. As a result, key interest rate hikes will have to wait.
"There were a lot of expectations around this speech, in the context of correction that we know since February in the markets, with questions about inflation and around the monetary policy of the Fed," comments AFP Andrea Tuéni, Analyst at Saxo Bank.
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However, says Tuéni, "Even if Mr. Powell spoke optimistically about inflation, he also did not clearly announce a faster pace of rate hikes."
In these circumstances, according to the specialist, there was "a sense of relief in the markets. It was not at all an accommodating speech, but the market did not react too badly to what could be said, "he analyzes.
The Parisian market thus first tried a small rebound before being caught up by hesitations, without being heavily penalized.
On the indicators side, the agenda was provided, including US housing prices, which rose again in December.
American consumer confidence, for its part, reached its highest level in February since 2000.
In contrast, orders for durable goods in the country fell more than expected in January, sealed by the civil aviation and defense sector.
In the euro zone, economic confidence in February fell slightly, but remained at a relatively high level.
In terms of values, Remy Cointreau benefited (+ 1.72% to 112.20 euros) from an increase in its recommendation to "buy" by Berenberg.
The banking sector ended well, like Crédit Agricole (+ 1.47% to 14.18 euros), Societe Generale (+ 1.08% to 46.88 euros) or BNP Paribas (+ 1% to 65.52 euros).
Safran took 1.62% to 91.36 euros, thanks to adjusted net profit up 45% in 2017.
Technicolor attempted a recovery (+ 4.88% to 1.91 euros) after falling sharply last week, due to a net loss multiplied by more than six in 2017.
In contrast, Essilor has stalled (-3.06% to 107.55 euros). Italy eyewear manufacturer Luxottica said on Monday that it plans to close in the first half of 2018 the merger with French, the world leader in ophthalmic lenses.
Gecina, for its part, sold 5.54% to 144.90 euros. The Ivanhoe Cambridge fund sold 3.2 million shares of the group, representing 4.28% of the capital.