How did you celebrate the New Year? Was it with fireworks and a glad heart? Perhaps you set fire to something? In France they celebrated in traditional manner by setting fire to 1,193 cars. They do this most New Years and on other important days. They also daubed Arabic graffiti on the burnt cars.
I say "they" - obviously we're talking muslims here. There are 6.5 million of them in France now; that's 10% of the population. The cities of Strasbourg and Mulhouse in the East near the German border were particularly affected.
Incidentally, this blog understands there is quite of lot of cheap property available in Strasbourg, should any Brits be thinking of moving to France to live the dolce vita.