Eight women sit at an elaborately set table, making small talk as immaculately starched waiting staff stand at the ready. But as one of the servers steps forward holding a silver soup tureen in white-gloved hands, an instructor helps her adjust the angle of the bowl to make sure the ladle is facing the diner, and a second tutor whispers in the ear of another diner to lower her elbow as she brings the spoon to her mouth. The women are not at a fancy restaurant or a high-end social club, but at Switzerland's last finishing school, learning to master good manners, strict etiquette and how to avoid a fatal faux pas. "I realise now that I have been mixing the French style of eating with the British style," said Institut Villa Pierrefeu student Heba, asking that her last name not be given. The 34-year-old Egyptian national explained that she had placed her knife on her plate even though she had not used it during her meal - a no-no in French dining etiquette. Heba is among 30 students fro...

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