CARLA Bruni, the wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, has been criticised by the Italian press for snobbery verging on 'boorishness for snubbing the summits official programme. Someone tell the first lady that snobbery to the nth degree where we come from is called boorishness, the paper Il Giornale said as the G8 was wrapping up in LAquila, central Italy. On Thursday, the other G8 first ladies including Michelle Obama toured the city devastated by an April 6 earthquake, while Miss Bruni planned to visit the disaster zone on Friday. Miss Bruni, who arrived in Italy late Thursday, also stayed away from the wives audience with Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday. According to the paper, which is owned by the brother of Silvilo Berlusconi, the Italian premier, Miss Bruni insinuates that the G8 is a hypocritical display, and that a G1 would be enough, with Carla Bruni as the only guest, the best on the earth since the death of Mother Teresa, Of course we should recognise that Carla has always been very attentive to the needs of the disadvantaged... but then if you act like that, even charity stinks, wrote editorialist Federico Novella. It stinks... of the uncontrollable desire to be the centre of attention. Bruni-Sarkozy is a global ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. - Daily Telegraph