Signs of the times…

…clearly an ongoing series:

By The Associated Press
(3/17/03- Houston) — For Francoise Thomas, the anger against France for its continuing opposition to military action against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein hadn’t hit home until she read about it on one of her doors.

When Thomas took out the garbage Saturday morning, she saw red letters spray-painted on the garage door of her townhouse.

“Scum go back to France,” it read.

“I nearly had a heart attack,” she told the Houston Chronicle in Monday’s editions.

Thomas, who has lived in the United States 23 years and made her career as a real estate agent here, recently retired and plans to stay in Kingwood.