Why does Firefox not display symbols and diacritic marks correctly in html pages

I reset my profile because of a problem displaying a particular web page.
I am now using the reset profile. Using this profile Firefox does NOT correctly display symbols and diacritic marks in my html pages. Such pages were correctly displayed in my old profile. They are pages containing text in French and Spanish.
Examples: é «
Why aren't the symbols and marks displaying correctly in a brand new profile when they displayed correctly in my old profile.

What is View > Character Encoding set to? In my installation it's set to UTF-8.

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