London, United Kingdom. Today took place the Quarterly Communication of the United Grand Lodge of England. UGLE's Grand Chancellor, Derek Dinsmore, presented a statement on the Masonic situation in France. Brother Dinsmore said that Jean Pierre Servel adopted measures that were embraced by GLNF's Brethren and that "His actions appear to be restoring harmony within the GLNF."
The Grand Chancellor said that the Grand Lodges composing the French Masonic Confederation were never recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England. He also noted that it remains unclear how it will be run and managed the new Masonic body and that the Confederation did not held discussions with GLNF, despite the fact that GLNF was internationally recognized as a regular Grand Lodge for nearly a century.
For UGLE to provide recognition, each member Grand Lodge of the French Masonic Confederation must fully complied with the Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition.
The Grand Chancellor said that UGLE will not interfere in the internal affairs of French Freemasonry and that UGLE embrace measures taken by GLNF but it will not yet put into discussion the issue of recognition of any Grand Lodges in France and the United Grand Lodge of England will not hold talks with any French Grand Lodge. In the same vein, Derek Dinsmore said that given the conditions, UGLE will not attend the ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary since the founding of GLNF.