posted on Jul, 18 2005 @ 07:35 PM
It's hard to say as I've never seen such. France is a bit of an anomoly when it comes to Freemasons and their lodges, they're quite liberal, to
the extent of many bodies not being officially recognized but still fraternally friendly with the United Grand Lodge of England. They classify their
lodges into two branches: Liberal Freemasonry and Regualr and Traditional Lodges. The Regular and Traditional lodges need no explanation, however
the Liberal ones have been known to admit women, not require the belief in a supreme being, and entertain the discussion of politics even at times
working toward a certain political commitment.
Perhaps the "AB" is some sort of abreviation in French for one of these liberal lodges. Or more likely, being how Freemasonry as well as many,
many other orders of initiation thrived in France over the last two hundred years, it could simply be an older Masonic structure which was built
before the "G" became common. After all the "G" in the Compass and Square was added much later, originally the symbol for Freemasonry was without
the "G", and there is no law to my knowledge which requires the G to be present, although it is now the widespread tradition to do such.