Madrid (AFP) - Spain's royal family joined politicians and the bullfighting world Sunday in mourning matador Ivan Fandino, gored to death in a fight in France.
Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored in the ribs by a bull, whose horn punctured his lung, at the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival in the south of France
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The death of Fandino, a 36-year-old from the northern Basque region, was front page news in several newspapers in Spain, where interest in the controversial centuries-old tradition remains high.
Bullfighting retains its popular aura in Spain, which hosts hundreds of shows annually in a country of some six million "aficionados" who see it as a sport that is an art integral to their culture.