Have you ever crossed the border between France and Belgium? And if so, did you notice anything? Probably not, but it appears Belgium is illegally invading French territory! And all because of a stone, a rock, a pebble that a farmer would have moved a few meters!
We could almost believe in a Belgian story, but this anecdote with geographical consequences from 1820 relates to the place Fredzone. But this stone was not a simple pebble, it was famous … And even at the origin of the Kortrijk Treaty, which established the land borders between the two countries.
Borders have existed since the creation of the Schengen area in 1995, but they are no longer necessary. Remember that the Schengen area allows Europeans to move freely between the 26 states of the European Union. To come back to that border raid, you know that a stone 136 km long was laid to separate France from Belgium. It was located between the villages of Erquelinnes (Belgium) and Bousignies-sur-Roc (France). It marked the border between the two countries in the Treaty of Kortrijk.
A small stone at the origin of a diplomatic incident!
Unfortunately, a local farmer at the wheel of his tractor was blocked by this stone weighing 136 kilograms … Not knowing the meaning of this stone, he moved it to free himself! Then logical! But he did not know that it was not there by accident, and by moving it he therefore “stole” a few square meters from France and enlarged the Belgian territory! It could never have been known, but a local history buff took the matter up! The mayor of Erquelinnes, informed by the historian, immediately forwarded the information to his French counterpart.
And the Belgian authorities are not kidding … An investigation is being launched to find the farmer and ask him to put the stone in his place! If he does not do this he faces a heavy fine … The Belgian police promise to show indulgence if the stone finds its original place … All that remains is to find the farmer! And if not, maybe the Belgian or French authorities could postpone it themselves, right?