Car horns beeping, kids screaming - great mood in Timbuktu tonight. They're celebrating a wedding - and today's visit by President Hollande. Now celebrations for Mali's AFCON soccer victory. Good day in Timbuktu.
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.