Originally Posted by user_none
All very good and valid reasons but they don't really apply in this situation... I would hope the character é would be relativity easy for a French Speaker (presumably using a French keyboard) to type.
I agree, but it can be quicker to type the entity than to copy and paste the accented letter from the Windows "character map" accessory if one is using an English-language keyboard and you need to use an accented letter. Not that that would apply to the OP, of course, but as a general principle.