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Face

The external appearance or surface of anything; that which is readily observable by a spectator. The words contained in a document in their plain or obvious meaning without regard to external evidence or facts.

The term is applied most frequently in business law to mean the apparent meaning of a contract, paper, bill, bond, record, or other such legal document. A document might appear to be valid on its face, but circumstances may modify or explain it, and its meaning or validity can be altered.

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Other characters, fleshed out from scant records, are vividly portrayed: Madeleine, Haussmann's rags-to-riches mistress, de Fance, her adopted "father," a demolition man who abetted the city's deconstruction and reconstruction while accumulating vast wealth, and a couple of strong-arm men who do Haussmann's dirty work.
The Swiss program, for which Avitronics beat out Thomson-CSF (Gennevilliers, Fance), calls for delivery of 4 MSWS units, with an option for an additional 4 or 10.
Consulting firm Inkutec GmbH of Gotha, Germany, is working with Clariant's foaming agents on a number of projects for bottles, canisters, and technical parts, says Rudolf Fance, managing director.