DNA: French Newspaper of Alsace Region

Flashback to Nov 2012: I spotted this wagon cart in South Lake Tahoe, California

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace (“Latest news from Alsace”) is a regional newspaper based in Strasbourg, France.

It was founded in 1877 by a German publisher named Heinrich Ludwig Kayser. It was originally called Neueste Nachrichten (“Latest news”).


I wonder if issues of the newspaper used to be sold from wagon carts like the one above?


  1. I mentioned this newspaper in one of my ‘tips’ on the now-defunct website VirtualTourist, where I posted a photo of the paper and this comment: “DNA in this case does not mean deoxyribonucleic acid, but rather Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, the latest news from the Alsace. Among other things, they have a complete listing of what is going on in Strasbourg and vicinity every day.”

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  2. I lived in Strasbourg for a year in 2002-03. I was initially slightly confused by the DNA signs everywhere, until I realised it was the name of the local paper. Also possibly interesting is that in French DNA is acide deoxyribonucleotide, ADN.

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    1. Fascinating! I’d love to visit Strasbourg one day. What was life like there? Acronyms are tricky when translated, aren’t they? One of my favorites: OVNI for UFO 🛸


      1. It was totally awesome. I was on ERASMUS exchange, completed my chemistry masters in french, met life long friends, drank loads of beer and cocktails, explored the countryside and dated a local. All in the midst of the post 911 conflicts, protests across France against the USA, speaking English in very multicultural neighbourhoods was occasionally uncomfortable. If you get the chance to see a movie called L’Auberge Espagnol – that essentially illustrates ERASMUS life. It was “la vie en vrai” for me. The city is stunning, picture perfect in the touristy bits, with a rich food, drink and music culture going on if you dig a little deeper.

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        1. I’ve seen that film on Netflix – now I want to watch it again after reading about your ERASMUS experience! Sounds like you had an incredible time there. I imagine seeing DNA signs everywhere (for the newspaper, that is) while studying chemistry must have felt quite fitting and welcoming! Thanks for sharing!


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