I was watching the 25th anniversary Les Miserables concert on PBS and it finally bothered me that all of the lower-class characters speak and sing with British Cockney accents. Why? Why not French accents? Don't get me wrong: I love this musical. But I've always wondered: why the British accents for the characters?
Wikipedia knows: it's used to represent Parisian criminal 'argot.'
Well, that was anticlimactic.