A close reading of Grand Master Alain Juillet’s speech at the GL-AMF consecration on April 28th, the joint communiqué by the 5 European Grand Lodges withdrawing Recognition of the GLNF and the positive reply from the GLdF to the 5 Grand Lodges set the scene for a radical change to the French Masonic landscape.
It is unlikely that the 5 Grand Lodges made their declaration without having consulted the UGLE.
It now appears that three French Obediences (Grande Loge de France, Grande Loge Traditionnelle Symbolique Opéra and Loge Nationale Française) have been discussing the creation of a federation with a title something like "French Traditional Masonic Federation" (FMFT) for over a year now. This with a view to obtaining international Recognition. Obviously at that level, numbers count. The three combined add up to approximately 38000 Brethren.
The phenomenal success of the GL-AMF numbers (more than 8500 in just 10 weeks) and the continued strife within the GLNF can only help the federation concept. The GL-AMF will number something like 10000 by the end of July.
Alain Juillet has hailed the move by the other three Obediences as a positive step in the right direction. A 48000 strong body of Regular French Freemasons will make the international masonic scene sit up and take notice, not the least of which are the three “Home” Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland, due to hold their annual tripartite meeting in a few days time. They can hardly avoid meeting without making reference to the GLNF situation and this bold move of entente by four Regular French Obediences.
Perhaps the term “French bordel” will soon be a thing of the past !!!