Yesterday, Saturday November19th, 180 members of the French Rite Chapter met in Lyon to elect their new Supreme Commander. The previous SC, Paul FALLET, had resigned because of the pressure associated with the position in these troubled times, the stress it caused his family and the ensuing health problems he suffered.
A previous Supreme Commander, Philippe THOMAS, until recently a strong opponent to the Stifani line, announced his candidature stating he proposed to align the FR Chapter with the current GLNF management and rejoin the ranks. If successful, such a poorly disguised Stifani manoeuvre would have put the solid front of the Jurisdictions at risk.
Well, it was not to be. Michel DESCOURS, maintaining the same approach as Paul FALLET, strongly aligned with the ULRF, stood against Philippe THOMAS and carried the day by a massive 68%. The Maison du Rite Français, an integral party to the ULRF, remains solidly beside the A&ASR within the Union, another blow to Stifani and his dwindling band of supporters.
Michel ZECCHINI, French Rite Chapter member, Harcourt photographic studio client and pretender to the title of PGM of Paris Grand Arche Province, tried to take the microphone in support of Philippe THOMAS. He was booed and hissed with much gusto. The long, green, boring vegetable is just as unpopular as ever ! The photo in his lounge room, blue apron, gilt all over, seems a trifle tarnished today.