When you say you "get" that value, exactly what do you mean by that? Show us how you are looking at it; it's possible you are using an incorrect charset in the process of looking.
Joined: Jan 18, 2011
That looks very symptomatic of the application outputting character stream encoded in utf-8 (e-accent grave 0xc3 oxa8) and being read either on a cp1252 console screen or on a text editor like notepad with "ansi" encoding. If that's the case, it seems the parsing and output streaming are in good control. If the output stream had been using something other than utf8 like cp1252 and you still get that on the console/notepad, that would be a problem meaning the original xml document failed to be read properly or being badly encoded. As I suspect more of the former, I would say it is good news and you simply need to use a utf-8 console or text editor that support utf-8 encoding to read the characters as they should look like.