A farmer in Belgium has caused a stir after inadvertently redrawing the country’s border with France, according to BBC News
A local history enthusiast was walking in the forest when he noticed the stone marking the boundary between the two countries had moved 2.29m (7.5ft).
The Belgian farmer, apparently annoyed by the stone in his tractor’s path, had moved it inside French territory. Instead of causing international uproar, the incident has been met with smiles on both sides of the border.
The border between France and what is now Belgium stretches 620km (390 miles). It was formally established under the Treaty of Kortrijk, signed in 1820 after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo five years earlier. The stone dates back to 1819 when the border was first marked out.
Local Belgian authorities plan to contact the farmer to ask him to return the stone to its original location. If that does not happen the case could end up at the Belgian foreign ministry, which would have to summon a Franco-Belgian border commission, dormant since 1930.
The farmer could also face criminal charges if he fails to comply.