Apparently frustrated by a 200-year-old stone border marker, a Belgian farmer dug it out and moved it about seven feet into French territory, local officials told French news media, thus slightly enlarging his own land as well as the entire country of Belgium.
The displaced stone was spotted last month by a sharp-eyed group of Frenchmen.
It is unclear whether the farmer knew the significance of the stone, which has 1819 carved into its face. In theory, moving the stone violates the 1820 treaty.
Mr. Lavaux, the village’s burgomaster, said he would send the farmer a formal letter demanding that the stone be returned to its rightful location. If the farmer does not comply, he could face criminal charges.
enlarge：動詞，擴大。例句：We enlarged the kitchen and created a window-filled dinner room.（我們擴建了廚房，並且打造一間充滿窗戶的飯廳。）
spot：動詞，看見、注意到。例句：The professor spotted some mistakes in the paper.（教授在這份論文中找到許多錯誤。）
rightful：形容詞，合法的、正當的。例句：He declared himself to be the country’s rightful president.（他宣布自己是這個國家的合法總統。）