Why did Joana Vasconcelos put these lions at Chateau Versailles? If this is the guard, then perhaps her ironic reference is to the XVII and XVIII century warfare, which historians often call the war in lace. A good example of such war would be the battle of Fontenoy where the English officer first saluted the French and then offered them to open fire upon him; while his French counterpart politely refused, by saying, “After you!”
Maurice of Saxe who commanded the French army that day believed that a good general could spend his military career outmaneuvering the enemy, without ever ordering his soldiers to fire. Another historian called this style of warfare a macabre chess game, for those wars had more to do with dynastic strategies and a lot less with national interests.