The stone of discord: a farmer moves a rock and changes the border between France and Belgium

the stone of discord a farmer moves a rock and changes the border between france and belgium
the stone of discord a farmer moves a rock and changes the border between france and belgium

The alteration in the cartography was discovered by a group of history buffs when they toured the place with maps of the time.

A Belgian farmer from the town of Erquelinnes, who moved a 150 kg stone to enlarge his field and pass with his tractor, accidentally moved the border between Belgium and France by 2.29 meters.

The peasant of that municipality in the south of Belgium that touches the north of France thus modified a border delimited by the Treaty of Courtrai of 1820 and enlarged the Belgian territory, for the benefit of his people and to the detriment of the French Bousignies-sur-Roc.

Alteration in cartography was discovered by a group of fans of the Historia, Jean-Pierre Chopin, Philippe Fayt and Jean-Paul Maieu, when they toured the place with maps of the time.

The stone in question, engraved with the date of 1819, establishes how it was recorded that border after Napoleon’s defeat in 1815 in the Belgian town of Waterloo, before the formation of Belgium as a state in 1830.

Move your tractor

According to the account of some neighbors to French media, the farmer in question would have moved the stone to slightly enlarge his land, while other media indicate that the farmer moved the rock to be able to maneuver your tractor better.

“The 1819 limit has been moved, Belgium and our municipality are enlarged. The French obviously disagree, we will have to put things back in their place, “wrote the mayor of the Belgian municipality of Erquelinnes on Facebook, David lavaux, who drifted to the point of discord with a French television crew TF1.

The Belgian authorities will contact the farmer to ask him to put the stone back in place and avoid Brussels incurring a border conflict with the neighboring country and that the farmer has to respond to a criminal court.

“But if you show good intentions you will have no problem, we will solve this amicably, “the mayor told the local newspaper” Sudinfo “.

Lavaux explained to Efe that he believes that the owner moved the rock to gain some land and explained that the municipal officials will hold a meeting with him tomorrow Wednesday to ask him to return the post to its original place, because “It is not only a milestone between two neighbors, but it delimits two countries“, although the cross-border neighbors have taken it” with humor. ”

“We have not reduced France too much,” added Lavaux, who hopes that by the weekend Belgium and France will have returned to their original dimensions.