I don't wish to confuse things too much but it also cannot be forgotten that there are in fact two rival schools among the Freemasons.
The Grand Orient de France and the United Grand Lodge of England. Obviously the rivalry between the French and the British is historic.
It seems the Orients played a part in American Independence:
The Lodge Les Neuf Sťurs was a prominent lodge attached to the Grand Orient de France that was particularly influential in organising French support for the American Revolution and later in the intellectual ferment that preceded the French Revolution. Benjamin Franklin was a member of this Lodge when he was serving as liaison in Paris.
Possibly the French were getting there own back on the British by encouraging an independence movement in America. The French had suffered defeat against the British in the Americas.