Moving the Border 🗺
Monday, May 10th 2021
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Moving the French-Belgian Border
A Belgian farmer, frustrated by a stone on his land, dug it up and moved it 2.29m (7.5ft), also moving his perimeter fence slightly too.
Normally this might just piss off your farming neighbour, but in this case, he inadvertently moved an international border, making Belgium a little bigger and France a little smaller…
The out of position border marking stone was spotted by very eagle-eyed French men, amateur historians, who regularly walk along the border and enjoy checking each stone they encounter against original maps. It’s estimated the stone was moved a few months ago.
The farmer, naturally, has caused a bit of a stir and is now obligated, and has been formally asked, to move the stone back to its original position.
Should he refuse to comply, not only could he face charges but the Belgian foreign ministry might have to summon a Franco-Belgian border commission to resolve the dispute - something that has not been needed since 1930…
Enjoy this 40-sec clip, from 2010, of a reporter unintentionally making a no look half-court shot 🏀
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