Floods drive nearly 1,900 from homes in Canada’s Quebec

Flooding caused by unusually persistent rainfall has driven nearly 1,900 people from their homes in 126 municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec, authorities said on Sunday.

The Canadian military said in a release that approximately 800 additional soldiers were deployed in Quebec on Sunday, joining more than 400 troops already assisting with the flood effort in the province. Ontario also saw flooding.

One of the hardest-hit towns is Rigaud, west of Montreal. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said evacuation was mandatory in some areas and firefighters were going door to door to make sure people left their homes.

Montreal became the latest Quebec city to declare a state of emergency after three dikes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, in the north end of the city by the Rivieres des Prairies.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said about 220 people had been moved from their homes. He said officials were prepared to remove people if they refused to comply with evacuation orders.

Canadian Armed Forces Capt. Frederick Lavoie was overseeing 35 army reservists bagging sand and helping to save houses along the river in Pierrefonds.

West of Montreal, the small town of Rigaud issued a mandatory evacuation order and a state of emergency had been in place for several days. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. told reporters that firefighters would be going door to door to make sure people moved out.

Some federal employees were being advised not to go to work on Monday because of the flooding.

Officials said federal buildings in Gatineau, Quebec, would be closed, and employees who normally get to their offices via the interprovincial bridges in the National Capital Region were being asked not to go to their offices.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said no other province had so far requested military help, but forces personnel, including reserves, were on stand-by across the country.

The situation in Ontario seems to be “generally stabilizing,” although there are many unstable local circumstances, he said.

No surprises in Indian team for Champions Trophy

Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami return to the squad after injuries.

The The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee on Monday announced the Indian team for the Champions Trophy to be held in England from June 1.

On Sunday, at a special general meeting (SGM) held in New Delhi, the BCCI said India would participate in the Champions Trophy.

Rohit, after recovering from a thigh injury he sustained during the Test series against England last year, has replaced opener K L Rahul, who suffers from a shoulder injury.

Manish Pandey has been drafted in as an extra batsman in the 15-member squad, to be led by Virat Kohli.

India will play their Champions Trophy lung-opener against arch-rival Pakistan on June 4.

The squad

Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, M.S. Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Trump says looks forward to working with France’s Macron

US President Donald Trump has congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his “big win” in the French presidential election and said he looks forward to working with him, downplaying the tacit support he had offered to the centrist leader’s main rival Marine Le Pen ahead of the polls.

“Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next president of France. I look very much forward to working with him!” Mr. Trump tweeted after the poll results came in.

The White House later issued a statement congratulating the pro-European Union Mr. Macron, who will become France’s youngest-ever leader at the age of 39.

“We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election,” said Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “We look forward to working with the new president and continuing our close cooperation with the French government,” Mr. Spicer said according to the statement.

Mr. Macron defeated the far-right leader Ms. Le Pen.

Ms. Le Pen’s decisive defeat, with an estimated 35 per cent votes, has put Mr. Trump in a slightly tricky spot after he had indicated support for her ahead of the first round of the polls.

Mr. Trump had tweeted that Ms. Le Pen could benefit from the security fears in France over intermittent terrorist attacks.

He had said a deadly attack against a police officer in the Champs-Elysee in Paris would have a “big effect” on the presidential election and praised Ms. Le Pen, calling her “the strongest on what has been going on in France.”

Though Mr. Trump never endorsed Ms. Le Pen, in an interview to an American news agency he did say that he thought the attack would “probably help” her.

His predecessor Barack Obama had released a video last week backing Mr. Macron.

On Sunday, American lawmakers also joined the White House in congratulating Mr. Macron, a former investment banker whose win in the French polls represented the most significant response from the liberals to the populist and nationalist wave that brought Mr. Trump to power in the November presidential election.

“The French people have chosen hope over fear, chosen to look forward rather than backward. They have rejected the kind of divisive campaigning, assisted by fake news and Russian hacks, that propelled Donald Trump into office in our count,” said House Democratic Whip Steny H Hoyer.

“They have struck a blow for inclusive, tolerant democracy against the tide of extremism and xenophobia.”

Senator Ben Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded the French people’s rejection of isolationism and embrace of a Europe — “whole, free, and at peace.”

The results, Mr. Cardin said, sent the “strongest possible” message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his worldview has once again been rejected by European voters.

“In spite of allegations of Russian interference similar to that seen in our country last year, democratic institutions across France proved resilient,” he said.