Actually, I doubt there ever were lions, but this remarkable amphitheatre, just outside the town centre, is well worth the visit. In fact, if you drive there and park (it's free), and then walk into Saintes, you get less hassle, because parking in Saintes is a nightmare...and not free.
See http://www.france-travel-guide.net/Charente-Maritime.html for information about Saintes and the wider area.
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