In his blog, L’Expess journalist, François Koch, has just confirmed the rumour that the N° 2 on the GLNF pyramid, Jean-Claude Tardivat, has resigned from the positions of administrator of the Obedience and Deputy Grand Master. The resignation took effect on Tuesday January 11th, just prior to the opening of the scheduled administration board meeting.
Known for his diplomatic ability, Tardivat has overseen the international relations of the Obedience for the past 15 years. He is not considered to be part of the Grand Master’s inner circle. The departure of the 2nd highest ranking officer of the GLNF (the Deputy Grand Master replaces the Grand Master should he quit office) comes at the precise moment of the publication of the letter of criticism received from the UGLE. Certain generally well-informed sources state that Tardivat could no longer fulfil his functions with loyalty and that he did not want to have to assume the future decisions of the board.
Tardivat’s departure further isolates François Stifani, following closely on the heels of other board resignations, Jacques Studer, Provincial Grand master of the Rhone Valley and Jean Dugeny, Honourable Deputy Grand Master.