The French army has released video showing strikes on what it said was military vehicles belonging to Islamist rebels in Northern Mali. It is the first time it has released images of fighting in the African country since France launched military operations there two weeks ago.
The military communications agency, ECPAD, says the footage shows a laser guided GBU munition being dropped on a BM-21 launch vehicle it said was stolen from the Malian army by rebels.
A second clip showed a pick-up truck coming under fire from a Tiger helicopter and exploding.
ECPAD said the images were recorded in January but did not give an exact date.
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.