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Heba is among 30 students from 14 different countries taking an intensive Pierrefeu summer course, lasting either three or six weeks, and offering classes like international business etiquette, floral art and staff management.The students are a diverse crowd, according to Viviane Neri, who took the reins of the school in 1972 – nearly two decades after her mother founded it.Today, Pierrefeu is the only one left, after the industry was decimated by the 1968 student revolution and rise of feminism.The students learn and practice the proper etiquette and protocol of 20 different countries, as well as cultural taboos to be avoided.The students seem to enjoy delving into such details, although some expressed surprise at the intensity of the course.Former student Nadine Abou Zahr, 46, said she had been skeptical when she first heard about the school while attending university nearby two decades ago.
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