Mali's president Dioncounda Traore has ruled out talks with Islamist groups
Speaking to French radio station RFI, he said he would not meet any of the three al-Qaeda-linked groups that seized northern Mali last year.
But Mr Traore said he was ready for talks with the secular Tuaregs of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad providing it "waives all territorial claims".
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.