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What do you do when a stone, that has marked the border between Belgium and France since after the defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo, is in your tractor's way?

You move it of course.

A farmer in Belgium has moved the 200-year-old stone and his perimeter fence because he found the location of these two items very inconvenient when he wanted to use his tractor on that specific part of his farm.

A local amateur historian who went for a walk noticed that the stone and the fence had been moved. While the local mayor found the situation very amusing, he did however request the farmer to move the stone and his perimeter fence back to its original place as it is against the law to make your own country bigger without the consent of the bordering country.

If the farmer refuses to do so, he will face legal action. The local mayor has also warned that the move of 2.29 metres might not seem like a big issue, but it could mean the farmer could end up in front of the Franco-Belgian border commission. The commission has been inactive since 1930.

The mayor of the neighbouring French village jokingly commented that a border war will definitely be avoidable.

Image credit: Business Insider

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