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France said on Friday the European Union was shirking its responsibilities for international security after an EU plan to send up to 1,000 troops to Central African Republic next week seemed to be about to collapse. However, EU sources said on Thursday the plan was in jeopardy because European governments had not provided the soldiers and equipment they promised. In a blunt joint statement from France's foreign and defense ministers, Paris "strongly" urged its partners to do more. "The EU must not shirk its responsibilities with regard to international security," Laurent Fabius and Jean-Yves Le Drian, the respective ministers, said.