Franch got a little smaller, and Belgium a little bigger, due to a annoyed Belgian farmer. The farmer in the border village of Erquelinnes transferred a stone in the path of the tractor, in accordance with the BBC. It turned out to not be any rock, but one marking the border line between the two nations. In moving it, the Belgian gave his country 7.5 more feet (2. 29 meters), by taking that same amount from France.
The stone has history on its side: The French-Belgian boundary was formalized under the 1820 Treaty of Kortrijk, and the stone was originally put there in 1819 when the border was initially laid out. The neighboring French village of Bousignies-sur-Roc suffered the shrinkage.
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David Lavaux, mayor of Erquelinnes, published a photo on Facebook of a French TV channel shooting movie of this border rock.
“We moved the 1819 border,” he posted. “Belgium and our municipality are enlarged; the French don’t agree, obviously. Gonna have to put things back in place.”
The farmer is going to be requested to return the stone, and if he does not, he could face criminal charges. In a sign of exactly how long it’s been since a border battle, the BBC notes”the case could end up at the Belgian foreign ministry, which would have to summon a Franco-Belgian border commission, dormant since 1930.”