Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Britain supports France's decision to give military support to the government in Mali to stem an advance by Islamist rebels:
UK supports French decision to provide assistance to Government of #Mali in the face of rebel advance
Throughout ten months of Islamist rule, the people of Timbuktu risked their lives to preserve the artefacts of their ancient heritage.
Francois Hollande is due to visit Timbuktu during his visit to the West African country this weekend. He will be welcomed by many.
Downing Street have been explaining what offers the UK have made to the military effort in Mali.