Lightroom Smart Collection Filters against words with è accented character don't work

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I have many photos set with both sublocation and keyword "La Quinetière". It is impossible to create a smart collection which shows only these photos - when I set the criteria to find keywords or location with "contains" and "Quinetière", I get zero results. As a test, if I replace the accented è character with a normal e, the smart collection works. I can do a normal keyword search for "La Quinetière" and that works, so this seems to be a problem specific to smart collections.
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Please do Help > System Info and report the exact version of LR  and Windows or Mac.   

Also, in which language are you running LR?

I'm unable to reproduce this issue on LR CC 2015.12 / OS X 10.12.6 / English (see the screenshot below). Unfortunately, Adobe is unlikely to look at a problem unless they have a simple, precise recipe for reproducing it.

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William Warby

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Hi,

Thanks so much for investigating. I've figured out the problem but it's the strangest thing - essentially I found that if I copied and pasted the keyword from a photo which had it set, rather than the one I had in the smart filter already, it works. I then added the version I had in the smart filter as a keyword and Lightroom appeared to add the exact same keyword twice. I have copied both variants here:

La Quinetière <-- Broken
La Quinetière <-- Works

They look identical (and where I've copied them here I guess they might be) but to Lightroom at least, they are not identical. I have since established that there are in fact two different variants of the è character in unicode which look outwardly identical but have a different character code:

https://apps.timwhitlock.info/unicode/inspect?s=La+Quineti%C3%A8re
https://apps.timwhitlock.info/unicode/inspect?s=La+Quinetie%CC%80re

So I guess the fault is mine. Anyway, thanks again ;)
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That's certainly obscure.  But glad you got it resolved!