Originally posted by plopzilla
The Caro is very positional, solid, but a bit passive. The French is a tricky opening to play against. Do you want to face a winawer, The Alekhine-Chatard Attack etc?
The Slav pawn structure has stuff common to the Caro also.
p.s. you could just play the Scando and save yourself a bit of theory 😉
Just a side note, but I had no idea that the Scandinavian and Alekhine's Defense were such close sister openings until a friend of mine brought his Scandinavian book to the club and I thumbed through it.
A whole slew of middlegame positions were such that, if I saw them on a board, I would have assumed they began with 1. e4 Nf6.
Sometimes our desire to put a name on a chess position limits our perception rather than clarifying it.