Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border, makes France smaller

Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border, makes France smaller
French-Belgian-Border

“Gono has to bring things back,” the Belgian village mayor wrote that he had gained territory.

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Due to a small Belgian farmer, the French became a little smaller and Belgium became a little bigger. According to the BBC, a farmer from the border village of Erkelines drove a stone into the path of his tractor. It marks not only any stone but the boundary line between the two countries. Advancing this, Belgium gave his country 7.5 feet (2.29 m) away, giving the same amount to France.

The history of the stone is in its favor: the French-Belgian border was formalized under the Protestant Treaty of 1820, and the stone was originally laid in 1819 when the border was first laid. The neighboring French village of Bussignis-sur-Rock suffered shrinkage.

Mayor David Lavaux of Erquelinnes posted a photo on Facebook of a French TV channel in which a video of Border Stone was shot.

“We moved to the 1819 border,” he posted. “Belgium and our municipality are enlarged, the French don’t agree, obviously. Gona has to put things back.”

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The farmer will be asked to return the stone, and if he does not, he may face criminal charges. In an indication of how long it has lasted since a border war, the BBC says that “the matter may end in the Belgian Foreign Ministry, which has to summon a Franco-Belgian border commission since 1930” . “

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