IF you've been away here is a look over some of the news headlines from France.
Hundreds of cars torched in French New Year 'tradition'
Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday that 1,193 vehicles were torched by French youths overnight in what has become a dubious New Year's Eve tradition.
Paratroopers killed by Merah awarded Legion of Honour
Three paratroopers killed by the gunman Mohamed Merah in southern France last year have been awarded the Legion of Honour in the New Year’s honours list.
Apple's Paris store hit by New Year's Eve raid
The Apple shop in Paris's Opera district was robbed by armed, masked men on New Year's Eve, under the noses of riot police patrolling the nearby Champs Elysées.
Paris apartment fire kills five in Gennevilliers suburb
Five people including a child have died in an apartment fire in Gennevilliers, a deprived northern suburb of Paris.
Louis XVI blood mystery 'solved'
Scientists believe they have solved the mystery of a rag said to be dipped in the blood of Louis XVI of France after more than two centuries.