LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years, plagued by sliding Chinese stocks and the threat of a U.S. rate increase as early as September.
The Euro STOXX 50, the DAX and the CAC, all down about 9 percent in August so far, were set to record their worst monthly performance in percentage terms in four years.
The Fed left open on Friday the possibility of a September interest rate increase, although several officials at the U.S. central bank acknowledged that prolonged turmoil in financial markets might delay the first policy tightening in nearly a decade.
Shanghai stocks .SSEC , which have plunged more than 40 percent since mid-June, were down about 1 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS shed 0.4 percent and was on track for a fall of about 10 percent this month.
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