“Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;"
Kipling’s immortal lines must have come to mind when the Brethren entered their Temple in Puteaux after recovering the keys from Miss Monique’s lawyer. Legitimate tenants of the building via their association APHEC, they had been victims of the over-zealous actions of their sub-tenant, the GLNF Paris Grande Arche Province. For memory, Paris Grande Arche PGM is Michel ZECCHINI, star attraction of the prestigious Harcourt Photographic Studio, photographer to the rich and famous. They can even make a long, green boring vegetable photogenic !
The long, green boring vegetable had the locks changed and the rightful tenants were locked out. Court case, Stifani’s side loses yet again and Miss Monique is fined 11200 € as GLNF administrator, plus 2000 € penalties (according to article 700 of the French legal code), and costs were awarded against her. Of course we know that we’re the poor suckers who are paying …
Miss Monique was ordered to vacate the premises, by police force if necessary.
Thirty minutes after being served a bailiff’s order to hand over the keys Miss Monique’s personal legal watchdog, Maître Stéphane Dumaine-Martin, gave them to the APHEC representatives (on January 23rd). The next morning, less than 24 hours later, they went to Puteaux, accompanied by the bailiff.
What did they find ?
storage boxes torn apart
plumb line torn out of the ceiling
chairs and benches overturned
WM’s and wardens’ pulpits destroyed
the sun and moon missing (sculpted by a Brother)
Lodge material broken
locks forced, dividing walls pulled down
the Royal Arch cupboard broken open and emptied of its contents
power points and electric cables torn out of the walls
broken glass strewn about
the “Delta” torn from the wall, smashed and trampled on the floor
The vandalism party over, these hooligans had celebrated. Empty bottles and upturned glasses lay scattered on the floor.
There was no evidence of forced entry. Whoever perpetrated this gross act of vandalism did so having the keys in his possession. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions. No matter which way you look at it, such action is so far outside the Landmarks it’s fallen off the edge ! Discipliary Council, OUT, Do not pass “GO”, do not collect $200 !!!
I’m no legal eagle but if the act occurred prior to Miss Monique handing over the keys (via her lawyer) it falls under her responsibility.
This action is so gross it can only be construed as an act of pure provocation, an attempt to incite the opposition to resort to violence, which would suit Stifani right down to the ground. Brethren, keep a cool head; right will prevail and the guilty ones will pay, both masonically and in the courts.
For those who still have the slightest doubt, look for yourselves: