French president Francois Hollande will fly to Mali tonight, according to France's Liberation newspaper.
He will meet with the country's interim president in Bamako on Saturday, Reuters reports.
Hollande is due to visit the desert city of Timbuktu, which French and Malian forces seized back from Islamist rebels.
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.