There was a hero's welcome for France's President Hollande when he arrived in Timbuktu today. He was visiting the desert city in Mali, after its recapture from Islamic extremists. Our Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo was in Timbuktu to witness scenes of jubilation.
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.