French characters not showing in form error messages

I have a form for the user to fill out and submit. If the user does not
supply all of the required information a red box with details about the
missing information is shown to the user.

The problem is that these error messages are escaped in Rails code so
the french accents are not being shown. Just the Unicode for the french
accents as shown in the attachment to this topic.

I am using UTF-8 for the website. The accents work on other parts of
the site. I do not escape using the h helper function or the accents
just don't show.

Any help on how to get the accents to show in the error messages?

Thanks in advance