“The French accent is very mysterious and seductive for Americans. So, instead of feeling frustrated, Americans are a little seduced, a little in awe about it; as opposed to ‘oh I can’t understand this person’,” says Lisa Wentz, a voice and speech teacher who works as accent reduction coach.
In some industries, such as gastronomy and hospitality, a hint of ‘frenchness’ reminded in one’s speech is welcomed. In other instances, skills matter more than a strong accent. But there are cases where French speakers might seek professional help to reduce their accent.