Horrific photos show Fandino being tossed into the air by the furious animal, which also agonised brutal wounds in the ring.
“It’s a tragedy,” said a shocked colleague. “We just do not know how it could have occurred.”
Tributes are flooding in on social networking sites, with rancher Victorino Martin tweeting: “Our friend and great bullfighter Ivan Fandino dies in France. A great loss for the world of bullfighting. We are disheartened.”
Shocked audiences watched the matador land on the floor before the bull plunged its horn into his chest.
Two other matadors, Juan del Alamo and Thomas Dufau, were due to take to the ring later in the afternoon.
The last Spanish bullfighter who died due to a piercing was Victor Barrio, who was killed at the age of 29 after being savaged in the bullring in Teruel on July 9, 2016.
He was the initial Spanish matador to die in the arena since 1992.
Spanish-style bullfights enjoy legal securities in the parts of southern France where the so-called sport is practised.
Around 1,000 bulls a year are killed in this way in France every year.
The country has four bullfighting schools and the practice is elected as an “uninterrupted local tradition” in the limited areas where fights are held.
Humane Society International said in a statement: “The matador’s death is a catastrophe but for the 1,000 bulls brutally killed in French bullfights every year, every single fight is a disaster in which they have no chance of escaping a long-drawn-out and painful death.
“Blood sports like this should be entrusted to the history books, no-one should lose their life for amusement, human or animal.”
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