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Belgian farmer wrongly moves country’s boundary with France

May 4 (UPI) — A Belgian farmer moved a 330-pound stone out of the path of his tractor and unwittingly changed the border between Belgium and France by 7 1/2 feet. Mayor David Lavaux, of Erquelinnes, said historians walking the area in which stones had been placed to mark the border between Belgium and France…


May 4 (UPI) — A Belgian farmer moved a 330-pound rock out of the path of his tractor and unwittingly changed the border between Belgium and France by 7 1/2 feet.

Mayor David Lavaux, of Erquelinnes, stated historians walking the region in that stones had been placed to mark the boundary between Belgium and France under the 1820 Treaty of Kortrijk noticed one of the stones were moved into Bousignies-sur-Roc, France.

Lavaux stated a nearby farmer seemingly transferred the 330-pound rock out of the course of the tractor and did not return it to its initial site.

“Belgium and our municipality are enlarged; the French don’t agree, obviously. Gonna have to put things back in place,” Lavaux wrote in a Facebook post.

Lavaux said the farmer will not face any legal consequences if he returns the stone to its initial location.

“I was happy, my town was bigger,” Lavaux joked to French TV channel TF1. “But the mayor of Bousignies-sur-Roc didn’t agree.”

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