The president of a French bullfighting association has been gored by a raging bull who jumped over the ring’s fence and attacked him.
Dominique Perron, president of the Paul Ricard bullfighting association, was charged by the angry beast at the Bayonne Festival, in the southwest of France, on Sunday night. He reportedly suffered serious injuries.
Before that incident occurred, the bull attacked photographer Roger Martin, who was sitting next to Perron. The unfortunate photographer was gored in the testicles, before suffering terrible wounds up to his stomach. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A bull attacked Dominique Perron (pictured), president of the Paul Ricard bullfighting association in France.
A spectator described the attack:
Mr. Perron was hit second. He was hit hard in the right leg, which was badly fractured. His ankle was also dislocated, and there may be other injuries.
Mr. Perron was clearly in massive pain, and was screaming and shouting as the attack happened. He was naturally very frightened.
Neither of the men had time to hide behind the wooden barriers set up to protect people. Mr. Martin is in a very bad way, though his injuries are not life threatening.
2. The attack took place at the Bayonne Festival in the southwest France. The ancient city has been at the center of bullfighting in France ever since the tradition was imported over the border from Spain hundreds of years ago (photo: Wikimedia).
Both men were rescued and taken to a local hospital, where they received treatment. The bull who gored them was reportedly killed shortly afterward.
Perron is described as a big bullfighting fan, who works to promote his local club, which is sponsored by Paul Ricard, the pastis manufacturer.
He recently spoke of the “spirit of conviviality”, which brings fans of bullfighting together.
An ancient city, Bayonne has been a prominent center of bullfighting in France ever since the tradition was imported across the border from Spain.
4. Bulls are often stabbed to death in front of thousands of spectators after taking part in the festivals (photo: Wikimedia).
Bayonne’s first bull festival was held in 1701 in the central square, in honor of King Philip V of Spain.
Known as “corrida”, bullfighting is illegal in most of France, with participants facing two year in prison.
However, a special judicial exemption allows the tradition to be practiced in places like Arles, Nimes and Bayonne, in addition to some smaller towns.
5. A star matador is gored at the San Isidro Bullfight Festival in Madrid, Spain (related; story here).
6. A man taunts a bull with flaming horns, receives no mercy (related; story here).
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