An RAF C17 cargo plane has arrived at a Paris airbase to help French military efforts in Mali.The plane is the first of two British planes being sent to help French operations.
It will load up with French armoured vehicles and other equipment before flying to the West African state on Monday.
The plane flew from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to the Evreux airbase where it will be loaded with French armoured vehicles and other equipment before flying to Bamako. It will make just one trip.
A second C17 cargo plane, being supplied by the RAF, will shuttle between Mali and France for the next few days.
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.