Rails 3 & FasterCSV

I'm using FasterCSV to upload some csv files and create some records based off the data in the CSV files. I'm pretty sure the problem is a character encoding issue because the CSV is full of French and German words. If I remove all the accents off the letters, then it uploads fine, otherwise it just throws a FasterCSV::MalformedCSVError.

jeremy-woertinks-imac:winovations jeremywoertink$ file -I ~/Downloads/example.csv /Users/jeremywoertink/Downloads/example.csv: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1

I'm using jeremy-woertinks-imac:winovations jeremywoertink$ ruby -v ruby 1.8.7 (2010-08-16 patchlevel 302) [i686-darwin9.8.0] gem 'rails', '3.0.1' gem 'fastercsv', '1.5.3'

Is there a way to set the default encoding for FasterCSV? I looked through the docs and didn't see it, and most my google searches turned up people wanting the encoding to be UTF-8, but I don't think that's what I should be using.

Any ideas?

Thanks, ~Jeremy