The Kangaroos will face England in the final on Saturday night.
Brett Morris added his pair of tries to the total, Lockyer setting up both efforts, the first with a long pass and the second with a well-placed kick.
Gidley improved Morris’ second before Thurston added his first goal by converting Jennings’ hat-trick score.
France – 4
T: Elima (61)
Australia – 42
T: Jennings (22, 27, 56); Lewis (41); B. Morris (45, 50); J. Morris (67, 72)
G: Gidley (41, 50); Thurston (56, 67, 72)
Ref: Leon Williamson
Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed that experienced halfback Terry Campese has joined them pn a one-year deal ahead of the 2015 campaign.
Leigh Centurions have confirmed that Fiufui Moimoi has signed a one-year deal with the club, with the option of a second year.
The UK Parliamentary Rugby League Group has given its backing to a fans' boycott of the BBC's annual Sports Personality of the Year award.
The RFL have confirmed that there will be four rule changes at all levels of the professional game for the 2015 season.