French new car sales tumbled in January as jitters over potential war in Iraq made consumers think twice about splashing out on pricey items, the industry body said on Monday, according to Reuters. Reuters reported that the car making association CCFA said sales of new cars fell to 175,175 units in January from 192,089 in the same 2002 period, when French motorists bought more cars than in any other month for 10 years.