The peasant modifies the limits set by the 1820 Treaty of Courtrai and enlarges the Belgian territory, to the benefit of his people and to the detriment of the French Bousignies-sur-Roc.
A Belgian farmer from the town of Erquelinnes , who moved a 150 kg stone to enlarge his field and pass with his tractor, has 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, to the benefit of his people and to the detriment of the French Bousignies-sur-Roc .
The alteration in the cartography was discovered by a group of history buffs, Jean-Pierre Chopin, Philippe Fayt and Jean-Paul Maieu, when they toured the place with maps of the time.
Inscription of 1819
The stone in question, engraved with the date 1819 , establishes how that border was recorded after Napoleon’s defeat in 1815 in the Belgian town of Waterloo , before the formation of Belgium as a state in 1830.
According to the account of some neighbors to the 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 better with his tractor .
“The 1819 limit has been moved, Belgium and our municipality are enlarged . The French obviously do not agree, we will have to put things back in their place,” David Lavaux , mayor of the Belgian municipality of Erquelinnes, wrote on Facebook. , who drifted to the point of discord with a French TF1 television crew.
“Friendly” solution or criminal complaint
The Belgian authorities will contact the farmer to ask him to put the stone back in its place and prevent Brussels from incurring a border conflict with the neighboring country and the farmer having 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 has explained that he believes that the owner moved the rock to gain some land and has said that municipal officials have met with him to ask him to return the post to its original place, because “it is not just a milestone between two neighbors, rather, it delimits two countries, “although 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.