The course Camarguaise is a local Camargue variation of the bullfight, but one in which the bulls aren't harmed. It sees amateur razeteurs (from the word 'shave') wearing skin-tight white shirts and trousers get as close as they dare to the taureau (bull) to try to snatch rosettes and ribbons tied to the bull's horns, using a crochet (a razor-sharp comb) held between their fingers. They leap over the arena's barrier as the bull charges, making spectators' hearts lurch.
Bulls are bred on a manade (bull farm) by manadiers, who are helped in their daily chores by gardians (Camargue cattle-herding cowboys). These mounted herdsmen parade through Arles during the Fête des Gardians in May.
A calendar of courses Camarguaises is online at the Fédération Française de la Course Camarguaise, with many occurring at the arena in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Recortadores (where the aim is to leap safely over the charging bull, rather than wound or kill it) also happens during the bullfighting season (Easter to September).