Although October's registrations were down by 2.2% to 184,765, the total French market for the year to the end of October is fractionally up on last year - 1,806,085 sales compared with 1,778,357, an increase of just 1.6%. DaimlerChrysler was the big winner in October with sales up 33%, thanks no doubt to such in-demand new models as the Mercedes-Benz C-class and Chrysler's wacky PT Cruiser mini-MPV.