patron saint of France. According to Gregory of Tours (6th cent.), he was sent to convert Gaul and, after becoming Bp. of Paris, was martyred. In 626 his remains were translated to St-Denis. In a 9th-cent. Life he was identified with Dionysius (1) the Areopagite and consequently believed to be the author of the Pseudo-Dionysian writings (6). Feast day, 9 Oct.