Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
So he learned English late, big deal.
I'm sure that my German has an American accent and my Irish is laughable at best, but they get the job done.
It is somewhat more subtle than this. I don't know how is his accent, but I know as a fact that, apart from the British and American accents, there is the so-callled international-English spoken by almost all Europeans except the... French people. Of course there are always ethnic undertones, as you suggested previously, but in the case of the French this is so strong, widespread and standing out, that it warrants its own version, the French-English, as no one else pronounces English like that.
It seems that people who learned French as unique mother tongue and did not have sufficient contact with other languages at childhood, lose the ability to properly pronounce (international-)English, and other languages as well, like Greek. I know that there are exceptions but I have yet to come accros one of them in real life.
Personally I don't mind, but I can see native speakers (I am not one of them
) chuckling when hearing a French speaking English.