The UK is to offer "extended support" to the regional effort in Mali, the Government has confirmed.
Forty troops will take part in an EU training mission in the country and 200 others will train other West African forces.
ITV News' Tim Ewart reports
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.