Why does fluorine not show disproportionation reaction?

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We already know that; fluorine has the highest electronegativity in the entire periodic table with EN value of 3.98. Therefore, it is the most electronegative element in its period as well as in the group. It shows only -1 oxidation state and is smallest in size of all the halogens. We know that fluorine has the greatest reduction potential (E^{^{\circ}}cell =2.87)therefore, it is not able to undergo oxidation by itself. Hence, fluorine shows a disproportionation reaction.

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