For French film producers, the German Reich was undoubtedly a most attractive market. National competition was not up to par (even as late as 1914, firms such as Messter, PAGU and Vitascope were unable to satisfy the demand from German cinemas out of their own production […].
« The French Connection: Franco-German Film Relations before World War I »,
Frank Kessler and Sabine Lenk
in A Second Life: German Cinema’s First Decades (1996)
As from about 1913 onwards anti-French feelings were being stirred up and propaganda polemics came to the fore, French firms reacted in different ways. Pathe continued to advertise with its own French-sounding name ‘Pathe Freres & Co’ and kept its own distribution. Leon Gaumont decided to have his films handled by well-known German distributors […]; he also founded the ‘Deutsche Gaumont Gesellschaft’ on September 12th, 1913.