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We introduce the class of Cartan triples as a generalization of the notion of a Car- tan MASA in a von Neumann algebra. We obtain a one-to-one correspondence between Cartan triples and certain Clifford extensions of inverse semigroups. Moreover, there is a spectral theorem describing bimodules in terms of their support sets in the fundamental inverse semigroup and, as a corollary, an extension of Aoi’s theorem to this setting. This context contains that of Fulman’s generalization of Cartan MASAs and we discuss his generalization in an appendix.