This is a general survey on the historical and modern presence of Freemasonry in France, and French Freemasonry.
There are no fewer than 12 national Grand Lodges operating in France.
The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is the only French Grand Lodge to be recognised as regular by UGLE and its concordant jurisdictions. However, on 14 September 2011 relations were suspended, and on 12 September 2012 UGLE voted to withdraw recognition of GLNF. UGLE finally voted to re-recognise GLNF on 11 June 2014.
The Grand Orient de France (GOdF) was recognised by most Grand Lodges in the world until the middle of the 19th century, when the GOdF recognised an irregular and “unrecognised” Masonic organisation in Louisiana. This caused several US Grand Lodges to withdraw recognition from the GOdF. The final breaking point, however, came about due to a decision by the GOdF in 1877 to remove the requirement for Masons to have a belief in a Supreme Being. UGLE and most other Anglo-Saxon Grand Lodges suspended all relations with, and recognition of, the Grand Orient de France as a result.
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FREEMASONRY IN FRANCE – Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry
HISTORY OF FREEMASONRY IN FRANCE
REGULAR FREEMASONRY IN FRANCE
ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS IN FRANCE
FRENCH ORGANIZATIONS SIMILAR TO FREEMASONRY (“OTHERS”)