The French occupation forces in Post-War Germany acquired many resources, significantly reducing the backlog of Reparations called for in the Treaty of Versailles.  But the deaths of German civilians cost them far more in international relations.  Germany became the downtrodden victim in many eyes, and France the jackbooted thugs.  Seeing their support erode, France pulled back and left the Germans to their ruins, but they had already forged their inimicable future.