A Belgian farmer inadvertently staged a small invasion into France — when he moved a stone that marks the border between the two countries by about 8 feet to make way for his tractor, according to the BBC.
The new border was noticed by an eagle-eyed history buff who was walking along the border in the forest, according to the outlet.
Instead of inciting an international incident, the blunder has the two countries breaking baguettes.
“I was happy, my town was bigger,” David Lavaux, mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes, reportedly quipped to French TV channel TF1. “But the mayor of Bousignies-sur-Roc didn’t agree.”
“We should be able to avoid a new border war,” Bousignies-sur-Roc Mayor Aurélie Welonek jokingly told La Voix du Nord, according to the report.
Belgian officials plan to ask the farmer to return the stone to its original location, according to the BBC. They hope to not involve a Franco-Belgian border commission, which has been inactive for more than 90 years.
“If he shows good will, he won’t have a problem, we will settle this issue amicably,” Lavaux reportedly told Belgian news website Sudinfo
The stone in question dates reportedly back to 1819, when the 390 mile border between France and present-day Belgium was being established.
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