Franch bought a little bit smaller, and Belgium a little bit larger, due to an aggravated Belgian farmer. The farmer within the border village of Erquelinnes moved a stone within the path of his tractor, according to the BBC. It turned out to not be simply any stone, however one marking the boundary line between the 2 international locations. In shifting it, the Belgian gave his nation 7.5 extra ft (2.29 meters), by taking that very same quantity away from France.
The stone has historical past on its facet: The French-Belgian border was formalized beneath the 1820 Treaty of Kortrijk, and the stone was initially positioned there in 1819 when the border was first laid out. The neighboring French village of Bousignies-sur-Roc suffered the shrinkage.
David Lavaux, mayor of Erquelinnes, posted a photograph on Fb of a French TV channel capturing video of the border stone.
“We moved the 1819 border,” he posted. “Belgium and our municipality are enlarged; the French do not agree, clearly. Gonna need to put issues again in place.”
The farmer might be requested to return the stone, and if he does not, he may face felony costs. In an indication of simply how lengthy it has been since a border battle, the BBC notes “the case may find yourself on the Belgian overseas ministry, which must summon a Franco-Belgian border fee, dormant since 1930.”