French First Lady Carla Bruni has outraged millions of Catholics — after a scathing attack on the Pope.
The sultry ex-Supermodel, who has campaigned widely against AIDS, accused the Catholic Church of "damaging" Africa with its views on birth control.
The Italian-born Bruni is so furious that she revealed she no longer practiced the religion.
Her outburst, made at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, has caused uproar among the country’s millions of Catholics.
"I was born Catholic, I was baptized, but in my life I feel profoundly secular," Bruni said. "I find that the controversy coming from the Pope’s message is very damaging. In Africa it’s often Church people who look after sick people. It’s astonishing to see the difference between the theory and the reality."
"It is not the job of a First Lady, especially one who is a baptized Catholic, to attack the Pope," enraged Notre Dame Cathedral parishioner Jean Martin said. "Such words bring shame on the presidential office."