Ministers announce order for 15 high-speed trains, mostly for tracks on which they cannot run at top speed, to preserve jobs at Alstom plant.
Idea for free short story vending machines was trialled a year ago in Grenoble train station, and will now be rolled out across more stations.
Trades union protests against labour law reforms, along with separate pay demands, will this week see widespread rail and air transport strikes.
Train operators SNCF say only half of high-speed TGV services set to run on Tuesday in latest all-day stoppage over pay and conditions.
About 200 migrants clashed with staff and police as they tried to get into the tunnel on the French side, forcing suspension of rail services.
French transport minister blamed an 'absurd rail system' for the problem, referring to changes made by a previous government in 1997.
French transport authorities torn over whether to order genuine crackdown or simply give up the fight and make all public transport free of charge.
Leaked report published in German newspaper says terror group has been plotting attacks on high-speed railways across the continent.
French carrier says one-way "MiNi" tickets will start at 49 euros including tax for the 40 percent of people who travel without checked baggage.
France may abandon plans for a major extension of its high-speed train network as the new left-wing government strives to shrink its huge debt.