This puts a whole new spin on the phrase ‘border control’.
One farmer in Belgium dealt with a petty annoyance in a way that might have, in more violent times, triggered an international incident.
Some people complain about their problems. Others take action and do something about them. Farming, being by nature a very practical profession, tends to reward the latter sort of person. If you’re not a problem-solver, you probably won’t be farming for long.
The annoyance, in this case was a large stone placed in an inconvenient spot. So he moved it out of his way.
There’s just one problem. That rock wasn’t his to move… it was there for a reason. It was marking the border between Belgium and 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.
Instead of causing international uproar, the incident has been met with smiles on both sides of the border.
“He made Belgium bigger and France smaller, it’s not a good idea,” David Lavaux, mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes, told French TV channel TF1. That sort of move caused a headache between private landowners, he pointed out, let alone neighbouring states. — BBC
The stone had been there since 1820, there to establish borders agreed to and set in place a few years after Napoleon’s ultimate defeat in Waterloo.
Looks like France sees no need to declare war over the issue.
If only every border crisis could be resolved so easily.
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