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The Grande Loge de France
France
(GLDF) is the third largest Masonic obedience in France. It positions itself as occupying a unique position in the landscape of French Freemasonry, recognising and having relations with the obediences of Continental Freemasonry
Continental Freemasonry
while still considering itself to be separate from them.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Previous uses of the name 1.2 History of the current Grand Loge

2 Grande Loge de France
France
outside France 3 Confederation of the United Grand Lodges of Europe 4 Recognition 5 References 6 Bibliography 7 External links

History[edit] Previous uses of the name[edit] The name, "Grande Loge de France" was used by the first French Masonic grand body, but its foundation date is unknown. In 1773, this body gave itself a new set of Statutes and changed its name to the "Grand Orient de France". A few Lodges objected to one of the new Statutes' articles which stipulated that the Masters must be elected by the free choice of their Lodge and decided to continue under the old name of Grande Loge de France. However both bodies re-united in 1799. History of the current Grand Loge[edit] The current Grande Loge de France
France
(GLDF) was founded in 1894 due to a rift in the Grand Orient. The Grande Loge de France
France
was never recognized by the United Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of England (UGLE),[1] although it was (briefly) recognized by a few of the Grand Lodges in the United States around the time of the First World War (UGLE and most of the American Grand Lodges currently recognise the Grande Loge Nationale Française instead). In 1954 the General Assembly (Convent) of the GLDF voted a resolution which rendered obligatory the presence of the Volume of the Sacred Law in all its Lodges. Following this, the GLDF and the GLNF entered into negotiations for a union, which ultimately failed. In 1964, the GLDF signed a 'Treaty of Fraternal Alliance' with the GODF. Some 1,000 brethren out of a total of 8,200 left GLF because they disagreed with the Treaty and joined the GLNF. The Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of France
France
works the first three degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
Scottish Rite
(A&ASR). As of 2008 it has approximately 800 lodges and over 30,000 members. Grande Loge de France
France
outside France[edit] Grande Loge de France
France
has lodges in 14 countries outside France[2] as a result of history (Lodges in former French colonies) or the absence of any other Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
in amity with the Grande Loge de France
France
in the country at the time of the foundation of the Lodge.

Belgium: One lodge in Tournai Thailand: One lodge in Bangkok Canada: One lodge in Montreal Congo: Three lodges, two in Brazzaville and one in Pointe Noire England: One lodge in London[3] Israel: Two lodges, one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv Latvia: Three lodges in Riga Lithuania: One lodge in Kaunas Madagascar: Three lodges Mauritius: Four lodges Russia: One lodge in Moscow Senegal: One lodge Spain: Two lodges, one in Barcelona[4] and one in Madrid[5]

Confederation of the United Grand Lodges of Europe[edit] In 2000, together with other European Grand Lodges and the "Opera" Traditional and Symbolic Grand Lodge, the GLDF formed the Confederation of the United Grand Lodges of Europe.[6] As of 2008, the Confederation of the United Grand Lodges of Europe had 11 constituent members:

Gran Logia de Canarias Grande Loge de France Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Greece A&ASR General Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Italy National Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Portugal National Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Serbia La Grande Loge Nationale du Liban National Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Romania Grande Loge traditionnelle et symbolique Opéra Grande Loge unie du Liban Sun Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Lebanon United Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
of Russia (in 2010)[7][8]

Recognition[edit] In France, there are some 11 Grand Lodges, few of which officially recognize the legitimacy of the others. Many cooperate with GLdF at a level below official recognition. References[edit]

^ http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/masonic_foreign_recognitions.html The politics of Grand Lodge
Grand Lodge
foreign relations by W. Bro. Jack Buta ^ "The GLDF in the world".  ^ The White Swan Lodge, No 1348 ^ "Inicio". www.elcentrodelaunionescocesa.org.  ^ "HugeDomains.com - LogiaGenesis.com is for sale (Logia Genesis)". www.logiagenesis.com.  ^ "The New United Grand Lodges of Europe". 15 July 2007.  ^ "News on UGLR official site (Russian)".  ^ Иванов С. «Исторический союз русских лож» СПб.: АИР. 2011.- 520 с.: ISBN 978-5-9902797-1-1

Bibliography[edit]

Connaître la Grande Loge de France, édit. Ivoire Clair, collection Les Architectes de la Connaissance dirigée par Philippe Morbach, Paris, 2000 ISBN 2-913882-06-4 Daniel Ligou (dir.), Histoire des Francs-Maçons en France, tome 2, 1815-2000, Privat, Toulouse, 2000 ISBN 2-7089-6839-4 Roger Dachez, Histoire de la franc-maçonnerie française, PUF, Paris, 2003 ISBN 2-13-053539-9 Gilbert Garibal, Être franc-maçon aujourd'hui, Marabout, Alleur (Belgique), 1994 ISBN 2-501-02029-4

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