Britain is to consider giving France more transport and surveillance assets to help with the operation in Mali, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Britain has already lent France the use of two C-17 military transport planes.
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.