02/08/2014 02:53 EST | Updated 04/10/2014 05:59 EDT

Message in a bottle from Quebec found in France 16 years later

A French newspaper is reporting that a man in Brittany found a message in a bottle originating from Quebec.

Lucien Sanquer found the plastic water bottle with a typed note and a small paper Canadian flag inside of it on Tuesday while on the beach in Crozon.

The message was written in English in April 1998. It reads:

"Hello, my name is Nicolas Morin. I am a boy. I am 16 years old. I was born May 25, 1982. I speak French but I am learning English in school. I have a brother but no sister. My favourite hobby is basketball. My favourite food is pizza. I live in Roxton Falls, a town in Quebec. I hope to hear from you soon."

The letter goes on to ask what school the recipient goes to, and whether they're married.