Farmer Accidentally Makes France a Little Smaller

Belgian moves stone marking the border
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2021 11:05 AM CDT
Farmer Moves International Border, by Accident
A police officer inspects a truck on the French-Belgian border in Adinkerke, Belgium, in this file photo. Some parts of the border are designated merely by stone markers.   (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Sometimes it takes a war to change the border between two nations. And sometimes, it requires only a ticked-off farmer. The BBC reports that a farmer in Belgium moved a stone marker in his field a little more than 7 feet, apparently because it was in the path of his tractor. This particular marker, however, designated the border between Belgium and France. Another person who just happened to be a history buff noticed the shift while on a walk and alerted authorities. "He made Belgium bigger and France smaller," says the amused mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes. "It's not a good idea." Authorities are reaching out to the farmer, who won't face any repercussions provided he moves the marker back. (More strange stuff stories.)

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