I don't know what the actual deal is with that is, but now that you bring it up I want to know too! I know that mask-wearing is linked with folks with French sounding names and who speak with the archetypal "French accent" in video games. In one they explained that they all wear masks because then you words have to stand alone. The face can lie sometimes inadvertently. Sounds weird to those of us who think of masks as a way to hide and therefore deceive. Is this some kind of an old concept that modern culture has gotten ahold of and just now associated with "frenchness?"Personally thought I always thought it was more a Venice thing myself.