French forces plan to advance further North in Mali

French-led forces have now seized Timbuktu, north east of Mali's capital Bamako, from the Islamist militants who has been in control of the ancient city.

They now plan to continue advancing further North as part of the military operation against Islamist extremists.

Soldiers have seized Timbuktu from Islamists rebels
Soldiers have seized Timbuktu from Islamist rebels Credit: Bing


French president in Mali visit

There was a hero's welcome for France's President Hollande when he arrived in Timbuktu. He was visiting the desert city in Mali, after its recapture from Islamic extremists.