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.
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.