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
Catalan Dragons have revealed that Todd Carney has signed a three-year deal with them, and will captain the team.
The rugby league players' association League13 has announced the creation of its 'Hall of Honour', and confirmed that identity of the first four players to feature.
Widnes stand-off Kevin Brown is pleased that his team head into their pay-off clash with Warrington this weekend as underdogs.