Bild reported that Fabian Stech, who was married to a French lawyer and had two children, was killed by gunfire in the Bataclan theatre, where the terrorists attacked a concert by Californian band Eagles of Death Metal.
"We are stunned and unbelievably sad," his family said in a statement. "He was a fantastic person, full of fondness for art, always curious about others, full of love. We will miss him endlessly."
Stech worked in Dijon at a small Catholic private school and was also France correspondent for German cultural magazine Kunstforum.
"We will miss his spirit and his eye", his colleagues at the magazine wrote in a Facebook post.
Stech had a degree in philosophy from the Free University in Berlin and had lived in France since 1994.
As well as teaching and journalism, his work encompassed translation and photography, and he had written books of his own.