New car sales in France tumbled 9.4% in November, dashing hopes of a year-end recovery in one of Europe's hardest-hit markets, the French car manufacturers' association said on Monday, according to Reuters.

The CCFA said in a statement cited by the news agency that sales fell to 149,285 units from 164,789, with domestic players Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen both losing market share, bringing the fall so far this year to 6.9%.

Reuters said that some experts had been hoping for a fourth-quarter recovery after a sharp summer slowdown in car sales appeared to ease in September and October, amid a rebound in consumer sentiment in the euro zone's second largest economy, but a decisive upswing has yet to take place.

"While the market is better than in April, May and the summer months, the stabilization of September and October has not been confirmed, illustrating the irregularity of recent months," the CCFA reportedly said in its statement.

According to Reuters, analysts blame the weak economy for the poor French car numbers in November -- the worst in three months.

"It's not pricing, which is relatively consumer-friendly in France, and it's not products -- there's been a lot of new models. It's the consumer, he just seems to be saving more," Adam Jonas, autos analyst at Morgan Stanley, told the news agency.

According to Reuters, Nissan and Toyota saw their French market shares rise in November but PSA Peugeot-Citroen's market share slid to 30% -- its lowest since September 2000 according to Jonas -- from 32.2% in October. Jonas reportedly said he expected Europe's second biggest carmaker to see more erosion in market share next year.

Renault's market share fell to 27.6% from 28.5 in October, prompting some concern about the impact of a crucial model revamp this year, Reuters added.

"It looks like the new products have been enough for a stabilization and even small recovery in market share, but not enough to restore the levels seen in the mid-90s," Jonas told the news agency.