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Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: May 04, 2021 10:55PM
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A farmer in Belgium has caused a stir after inadvertently redrawing the country's border with France.

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.

...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.


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They plan to contact the farmer.



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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 04, 2021 11:35PM
"The stone dates back to 1819"

I suspect that the stone was formed a lot longer ago than that.
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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 05, 2021 12:06AM
How about everybody agrees to move the monument in a direction parallel to the border that is also out of the farmer's path...



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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: Forrest
Date: May 05, 2021 01:47AM
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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).

Seems like they should ask the history enthusiast to move the stone to the correct location. After that. the location should probably be checked by surveyors with the correct equipment and make any adjustments as needed.

I'm sure the farmer has no interest in the correct location.
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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: RgrF
Date: May 05, 2021 02:41AM
I'm sure the farmer has no interest in the correct location.

Well he will have to move the fence.
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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 05, 2021 10:11AM
Might want to install surveyors markers on adjacent properties... just in case that annoying rock becomes a nuisance again.



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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 05, 2021 10:15AM
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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 05, 2021 11:03AM
Looking at a satellite pix of the area, it's all rural and mostly fields.
What's a few mètres amongst cousins?





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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 05, 2021 11:13AM
.....I see London.....I see France......I see......



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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 05, 2021 11:56AM
This is really hilarious when you think about it.
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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 05, 2021 07:44PM
They don't have GPS coordinates for the boarder? A physical stake or rock shouldn't be your deciding line.



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Re: Belgian Farmer Takes Border, Conquers France...
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 06, 2021 03:19PM
Haha, what they don't realize is the rock is really 75 feet off, and the farmer is actually French!
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