A Brief History of the Marque
Built in France from 1897 - 1908 by the Russian brothers Werner who invented among other things the cradle frame still in use on the majority of the world's motorcycles. Early models had front wheel drive.
khulsey.com says, in part "The first Rudge motor cycles were French-built Werner motorcycles from Michel and Eugene Werner, that were re-branded with the Rudge name."
Henshaw says that Werner is a German marque, but this does seem erroneous. There is a manufacturer of large stationary engines by the name of Werner.